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Message posted by chris watson22/3/2011 at 8:38pm
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My husband covered our last towbar with black grease so everytime you forgot & lent on it you got coated with it. He put it on to stop the grating noise. We've now got a new car & towbar & don't want him to do it again. What do other people use? (please before I kill him) lol.

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A cover over it

Message posted by pjh1022/3/2011 at 8:54pm
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Hi Chris. Are you talking about the bar or the towball? I understand that if you have one of those Alko tow hitches with the built-in stabiliser, the ball should NOT be greased as it relies on the friction between the ball and the head to work If I am wrong on that I'm sure someone will be along soon with a correction. However, with the good old fashioned system it should be greased. The solution, as OllieB says is simply to put a cover over it. These are available for less than a couple of quid in many places. It you really want to economise, an old tennis ball is often used.

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Message posted by jeff juke22/3/2011 at 8:55pm
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One of these




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Message posted by Bill Terry22/3/2011 at 9:02pm
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Don't know wot your outfit is, On the none Alko or winteroff hitch you can greas the ball on the towbar, But for heavans sake don't grease it if your outfit as a Alko or winteroff hitch.Even so use a cover anyway.

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Message posted by Hacksaw Bob22/3/2011 at 9:08pm
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Towsure were giving these away at last year's February NEC Show.

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Quote: Originally posted by Hacksaw Bob on 22/3/2011
Towsure were giving these away at last year's February NEC Show.


Not surprised Bob..what a colour..

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Message posted by timtheenchanter23/3/2011 at 9:19am
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can only echo what has already been said, no grease if its a winterhoff/alkop stabilised hitch, light greasing if its a normal hitch, and use a cover.

in fact if you can be bothered to go buy one, an air freshener cap is the right size.


Message posted by mjw199923/3/2011 at 10:04am
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To stop creaking clean the ball with steel wool and the pads inside the hitch with break cleaner. As said before if its an alko or winterhoff DONT GREASE.

Message posted by freeatlast23/3/2011 at 5:58pm
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Quote: Originally posted by mjw1999 on 23/3/2011
To stop creaking clean the ball with steel wool and the pads inside the hitch with break cleaner. As said before if its an alko or winterhoff DONT GREASE.


Even easier, cleaning the friction pads with a clean damp cloth is all that is needed to stop the squeaking.

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Message posted by ldpdmp23/3/2011 at 8:02pm
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never grease the alko is spot on   but make sure the ball is always clean and no rust or paint    always give it a clean before use or the friction pads won't frictsh

if old style - a tennis ball is often put to good use after it loses its spring



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