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Message posted by Alan Chilestone18/2/2016 at 10:56am
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Yes, I was not doomed but! if I had been aware of this advice, I would have taken it from the start and taken the paint off the tow ball. Thanks everyone. Off to get some brake cleaner.

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Message posted by cx5man18/2/2016 at 2:47pm
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Well i can assure you there are lots more like yourself who didn't follow the advise from Alko.

Toolstation i've found resonable for brake cleaner, and silicon.

Message posted by andyd9918/2/2016 at 8:20pm
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Looks like I've opened up a full can of worms here 😳😳😳

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Quote: Originally posted by Alan Chilestone on 18/2/2016
Yes, I was not doomed but! if I had been aware of this advice, I would have taken it from the start and taken the paint off the tow ball. Thanks everyone. Off to get some brake cleaner.


Unless there is grease on the pads, simply use a little soap and water on a cloth, and wipe off the soap. Don't waste money on brake cleaner. A bit of soap won't harm, after all, do people cover up their brake linings when they wash the car? Soap and water cure most squeaking pads too.


Message posted by SmithRC19/3/2016 at 1:34pm
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Hi all,

We bought a van 18 months back and towed with a Skoda Octavia, we were new to it and I didn't clean the tow ball but had no problems.

We towed it 2-3 times before my company car was replaced, new car was a lot beefier (Volvo XC60) so should have towed a lot better... but to me it felt worse... We towed all the way to the south of France and back with it and I wasn't as confident towing with it as I was with the octavia (my wife said I was just being hard on the new car as I'd had issues with it).

Anyway, I started reading up and realised what we should have done - both tow balls were black originally. I have now checked the pads and they were in a proper state - Cleaning didnt work so I even tried to emery them but the surface of the pads had started to delaminate.

I've just fitted new pads and sanded / wire wooled the tow ball.

Fingers crossed it now tows a lot better.

Anyone else replaced their own pads?
if so, any help >HERE< would be great.


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Message posted by greasychipbutty19/3/2016 at 2:06pm
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Hi all
Same here ,i did not know you had to clean the paint off a tow ball and since reading this thread have cleaned off the paint that was left on and cleaned the pads with break fluid ,although up to now have had no issues ,so thanks for the advice on this thread
The thing that annoys me is the company fitting it should surely have let us know this had to be done.

Message posted by blueexpo9721/3/2016 at 5:26pm
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I hope you used brake cleaner as opposed to brake fluid.

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Message posted by greasychipbutty12/5/2016 at 6:21pm
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Quote: Originally posted by blueexpo97 on 21/3/2016
I hope you used brake cleaner as opposed to brake fluid.



i meant brake pad cleaner fluid

Message posted by Onewheelonmywagon14/5/2016 at 10:04am
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I removed the black paint from my new tow ball with a gas blowlamp - you don't need to muller it with emery cloth.

Message posted by chrisn714/5/2016 at 10:09pm
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If anyone here remembers using the old blade type stabiliser, Then you will also remember that after a while they used to start groaning, and this was due to a build up of dust from the friction pads , which became glazed as a result.

If you don't remove the towball paint/rust, ask yourself 'where does it go?'.

The answer is that it get transferred onto the surface of the friction pads in the stabiliser, that, like the old blades before, then become glazed/shiny. This then reduces the friction and therefore effectiveness. Cleaning with a non oily brake/carb cleaner is ok, but you also need to remove glazing from the build up of pad dust from time to time. A fine grade emery paper is fine for this, followed by your brake cleaner..


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