We had ours changed as they were squealing and grinding! I had cleaned them with brake cleaner after emery paper! Not much difference! They were close to the limit on the wear indicator anyway.
The van was in the dealers anyway for another job so I asked them to do it!
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Thanks, I've had the van from new do don't think there will be any shims with them but I'll make sure I look out for them just in case, I'm taking the front and back ones out as well. I've been told I don't need to but would have thought they would have the same wear as the side two
Message posted by tango5509/11/2016 at 11:18pm Outfit: Coachman Amara 450 2 + Volvo V50 Location: Midlands
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The front and back friction pads only dampen the pitching (vertical movement) so there will be very little wear on the pads compared to the side ones which stabilise the horizontal movement. It's the side friction pads that take the most punishment which is why AL-KO only explain how to change the side ones shown in the link in my previous post. The only reason why the front and rear friction pads would need replacing is if they were contaminated but the friction pads are now made from plastic instead of the original material used for brake and clutch linings therefore the friction pads only need to be free of dust particles and lubricant such as grease for the stabiliser to work effectively.
I changed all of mine and you will notice a difference changing the front and rear.When new ones fitted I have a brand new towball in my garage and i clicked the hitch on it without applying the handle for the side pads, and the back and front grip it tight compared to the ones it took out.Our van we bought new and is now three and half years old.