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Old 04-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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For those that have Disk brakes, what controller are you using? My 2006 Ford controller is supposed to be compatible with the Carlisle HydraStar actuator, but 2007 is not.

Given the Dealer has not been able to get this to work, I may have to surrender the trusty Ford controller for a ??? HydraStar is tailored around Prodigy 2, but wondering about Prodigy 3?

Redwood is sending a new HydraStar to the Dealer, but if that doesn't work still, I'm looking for plan B.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Carlisle makes an interface adapter that goes inline before the HydraStar pump. It fakes the controller into thinking it's controlling std electric brakes. That adapter was originally std with the disc brake option, maybe they've changed or someone forgot to install it. GM controllers will not work with electric/hydraulic disc without the adapter. When I had the Disc installed on our Montana, Mor/ryde installed the adapter so it would work with our GM and our RW came with it already installed in the Battery compartment on the wall above the HydraStar. TV is happy, RW is happy, and we're happy. I swear I can stop the whole setup quicker than the TV running solo.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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It does have that, as Redwood has already sent a replacement for that module. Carlisle is convinced that is all that is required, but they still show some gaps in the compatibility chart.

Maybe everything will work fine when we get there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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Brad, I had no brakes on my disk equipped Redwood w/GMC integrated controller. I went through the whole "replace the Carlyle HBA-CAM module" but still nothing.

It turned out everything else was working fine, but my disk brake pump was defective. I replaced that and now everything is great. Just something to keep in mind.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:07 PM   #5
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Does anyone have the Hensley controller?
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Brad, I had no brakes on my disk equipped Redwood w/GMC integrated controller. I went through the whole "replace the Carlyle HBA-CAM module" but still nothing.

It turned out everything else was working fine, but my disk brake pump was defective. I replaced that and now everything is great. Just something to keep in mind.
That is great news to hear. The pump is what is on the way from Redwood.
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You can tell is the pump is defective because the "buzzing sound" the pump makes doesn't change it's pitch when you apply the brakes. It's supposed to drop its pitch as it attempts to build pressure. I changed it myself because time was short& Brian overnighted all the parts for me. It's a fairly big job to change the pump in the battery compartment, then bleed the pump and all the calipers. Hopefully you are having a dealer do this.

Also, while under there I discovered that one of the flexible brake hoses had been rubbed almost through by the tire. Have them inspect for this.
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We still haven't even taken delivery so the Dealer is doing it. However, they are not real familiar with the disk brake system. Can the pump be bench bled before installing and then bleed the calipers, or does it all have to be done at once?
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I have an 08 F250 and it has the factory Ford controller but I also have std brakes and no problems'
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We have recently traded our 2011 Silverado for a 2015 with all the toys. Unfortunately, it seems the Redwood's (disc) brakes are not engaging with this new truck. It should be noted the 2011 TV and RW got along just fine with no changes to the truck or the Redwood. Does anyone know any magic how to get these two to play together? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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