Hot Rod Disconnected Error

What's in This Article?

What to do if you get a Hot Rod Disconnected error on your D2 WiFIRE grill or on your Traeger app. 

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Applicable Grills

If you have a new Timberline or Ironwood, please see, Ignitor not Detected - Timberlines & Ironwoods, for diagnostic steps specific to your model.

This article applies to Traeger's D2 WiFIRE grills. D2 grills are Traeger grills with WiFIRE technology that have a dot matrix FSTN display. 

D2 Grills include the following models:

What Happens When My Grill Gets a Hot Rod Disconnected Error?

The controller and/or Traeger app display one of the following messages:

  • Hot Rod Disconnected
  • Igniter Disconnected
  • Heater is Disconnected

Common Causes

  • The hot rod connection to the controller isn't fully connected or has come loose
  • Hot rod needs to be replaced
    • Hot rods are considered to be a 'maintenance part,' which may need to be replaced after regular use (similar to how you need to replace an engine filter or a wiper blade on your car).

Resolving a Hot Rod Disconnected Error

  1. Turn off and unplug your grill.
  2. Unscrew the 4 screws on each corner of your controller and carefully pull the controller away from your grill to expose the component wiring connections on the back. 
  3. Disconnect and reconnect each of the component connections on the back of the controller, making sure the connections are secure and not loose.
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  4. Plug in and turn on the grill and see if the error still appears.
  5. Reattach the controller to the hopper. 

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