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5 years 6 weeks ago, 2:52 PM

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I backed into a tree stump and the only thing it hit was the darn 7 pin conector. Bent the bracket slightly and ruined the connector. Bought a new one today and am not sure how to install it. It's a twist & lock something like most parking light socket/housing joint. Which was should I turn it? I don't want to force it - the darn thing was $50 wholesale!

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:00 PM

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Just like anything else.

5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:08 PM

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like some of the light bulbs... almost a bayonet type fit. call the dealer tho at that price, or at least dont force it.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:29 PM

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Thanks guys. I checked the bracket w/ a straight edge to see if it was out-of-plane but it looked OK. I'll check again. It almost starts to rotate but is tight. If I break this thing I just might swear!!

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:33 PM

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seems like its got a 50 dollar lick com'n

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:35 PM

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cbxjeff, I have an 06

cbxjeff, I have an 06 Silverado, what is it you are trying to fix again?

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 3:41 PM

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I have a 7 pin for my

I have a 7 pin for my trailer, It does not twist. It pushes straight in until the cover catches on the plug and holds it in place. I hope you didn't twist it if it's like mine.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 4:01 PM

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will look forward to your reply tomorrow. thank you again so much for being so helpful.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 4:05 PM

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This is a '06 Silverado w/ factory towing package. The 7 pin connector on the L shaped mount (under the bumper) has been damaged. It pushes in from the back side (of the truck) and twists. I can't get it to turn. As I said, although I checked for flatness, the bracket may be bent. I don't know which way to turn but it starts to barely turn going clockwise.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 4:11 PM

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Sorry I don't have my truck right here to go check it, I'll shut up now!

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5 years 5 weeks ago, 6:44 PM

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OK. Yes Sam, righty tighty! Even though the mount seemed straight it wasn't and the hard plastic connector is quite unforgiving. I machined a 1/2" thick aluminum part that fit the contour of the backside of the mount (inside of the lip). Then got another block to place on the front side of the mount, squeezed them together with a large c-clamp and I was home free. It was probably out-of-flat by only 1/16" or so but that was enough to cause the problem. Thanks for the support guys - it made me keep working on it. Otherwise I probably would have taken it to the dealer and that would have cost me the price of another AK!

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