REPLACE AN RTD ON A SCOUT & RANGER

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Learn how to replace an RTD on your Scout or Ranger grill below. 

 

SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED

  • Grill cleaner
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Gloves
  • Phillips screwdriver (#2 size)
  • Slotted screwdriver (1/8” or 3mm)
  • Cutting pliers or scissors
  • Zip ties, 8” (1-3)
  • Thin wire or string, about 2 ft/60cm

 

BEFORE YOU START

Please take the steps below:

  • Whenever you're doing maintenance on a Traeger grill, make sure it is unplugged and cooled to room temperature.
  • Use caution around metal edges.
  • Wear gloves when working around the fiberglass insulation in the grill and do not touch it more than necessary.
  • When re-assembling the grill, make sure all wires are secured so that they do not contact any moving parts.

 

HOW TO REPLACE THE RTD

Please take the steps below:

  1. Ensure the grill is turned off and unplugged.
  2. Remove the components below:
    • Grease bucket
    • Grill grate
    • Drip pan
  3. Remove the pellets inside the hopper and firepot.
  4. Clean your grill thoroughly.
  5. Remove the five Phillips screws using your Phillips screwdriver.
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    • The picture above shows three screws holding the Hopper Burner Assembly (HBA) to the grill body and two screws holding the RTD Temperature probe to the HBA.
  6. Gently pull the HBA up with the handle that says Caution Hot.
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    • If the grill does not have a handle, pull it from the hopper and auger tube/firepot (older Ranger and Scout models do not have this handle).
  7. Cut the zip ties that bundle the wires together.
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    • Use caution to avoid cutting the wires. 
  8. Unplug the two black wires from the power switch on the back of the grill body (Ranger only).
    • Skip this step for the Scout as the power switch is on the controller.
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  9. Remove the two Phillips screws from the controller and gently pull the controller out of the grill body.
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  10. Loosen (but DO NOT remove) the two slotted screws holding the RTD sensor wires.
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  11. Pull the RTD wires from the controller and tie string/wire to the RTD connectors.
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  12. Gently pull the RTD up and away from the grill, stopping when the leads that connect to the controller are out of the grill.

    • DO NOT pull the wire/string out completely. This will be used to facilitate getting the new RTD wires in the grill where they belong.

  13. Attach the new RTD contacts to the string, staggering the leads slightly. 
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  14. Pull the RTD wires through the grill with string/thin wire.

    • Make sure the RTD wires go through the same access port that the red hot rod wires go through. 

  15. Remove the wire/string from the RTD connectors, and connect the RTD contacts to the controller, tightening the slotted screws gently.
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  16. Re-install the controller to the grill body using your Phillips screwdriver.

  17. Bundle the wires together and secure them with at least one 8” zip tie. 

    • Ensure that the wires do not contact any moving parts.
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  18. Re-connect the main power switch wires on or inside the rear of the grill body (Ranger only).

  19. Gently lower the HBA back into the grill body.

  20. Install the five remaining screws, noting the difference between the machine thread and self-tapping screws.

    • Machine thread: 3 total, secure HBA to grill body

    • Self-tapping: 2 total, secure RTD to HBA

  21. Reinstall the drip pan, grill grate, and grease bucket.

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service

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