Friction Pads

 

How do I know when to change my friction pads?

The friction pad life expectancy is around 33,000 miles and can be prolonged by regular cleaning with fine grade emery paper.

However, they will wear out and this can be monitored via wear indicators on your stabilisers. These indicators vary according the model of stabiliser. See your stabiliser handbook for more details.

 


 

My friction pads look 'glassy' with bits flaking off.

Contamination has built up on the pads. This could be due to grease on the towball, spray from the road, diesel fumes or failure to remove all of the coating on the towball.

You need to remove the friction pads according to the product instruction manual, and rub them lightly with a fine grade emery paper.

AL-KO recommend cleaning the pads in this way after every journey to prevent build up and prolong friction pad life.

 


 

When towing I can hear loud creaking or groaning.

2 possible causes:

1- The incorrect towball could be fitted. Check your towball is compatible with your stabiliser, and if it isn't replace it immediately. Failure to do so could result in your caravan becoming unhitched during towing.

2- Contamination may have built up on the pads. This could be due to grease on the towball, spray from the road, diesel fumes or failure to remove all of the coating on the towball.

You need to remove the friction pads according to the product instruction manual (page 4), and rub them lightly with a fine grade emery paper.

AL-KO recommend cleaning the pads in this way after every journey to prevent build up and prolong friction pad life.

 


 

The end has snapped off my friction pad.

This usually happens when the pads have not been fully disengaged before dropping the stabiliser onto the towball. You will need to replace the friction pad with a new one. To avoid this in future always place, rather than drop, the stabiliser onto the towball, and check the stabiliser handle is as far up as it will go first.

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