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Posted: 03/07/12 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got a new wdh with friction sway control .This thing makes a lot of moaning noises its a Reese pro series 1000 lb bars.My previous hitch was the same except 600lb bars but the only time it made noise was when it was wet .Is their some reason the new one would make so much noise.

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a little bit of spray lubricant or grease. it may collect some dirt sometimes but its easy to clean off and re-apply.


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a little bit of spray lubricant or grease. it may collect some dirt sometimes but its easy to clean off and re-apply.


DO NOT spray anything on them. It will damage them. they always moan. Check your instructions.


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It is normal, as said. If u lube it, it will no longer be a "friction" sway control.


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Oh no! never lubricate them! I agree! The purpose is for friction. The tighter the better. You can lubricate the little ball on the frame of the trailer and you can lubricate the little ball on the hitch, but never lubricate the slide bar itself. If your sway bar made no noise at all, I'd be worried. (It's not tight enough). But more likely, the ball on the hitch may need a good dose of grease too. You can test this out by simply driving a short distance with the sway bar on, make a few turns and see if you hear the groaning. Then remove them and make turns again. If the groaning is gone, it's definately the bar. It's perfectly OK the bars make noise.


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Are you sure it's the friction plate? My trunnion bars moaned where they attach to the hitch until I greased them. Grease all contact points EXCEPT the plate itself and see if that helps. Are you sure you need the friction plate adjusted so tight?


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2112 wrote:

Are you sure it's the friction plate? My trunnion bars moaned where they attach to the hitch until I greased them. Grease all contact points EXCEPT the plate itself and see if that helps. Are you sure you need the friction plate adjusted so tight?


The friction is adjusted at the factory. You will in all likely hood never need to adjust it more.
The Handel is NOT the adjustment. It is the On /Off switch. When the Handel is tightened all the way to the bolt stops, The bar is "On". Loosen it, and it's off. Lube it, and it's useless.

The adjustment, Is the bolt UNDER the Handel. Leave it alone. Until the pads begin to wear out.


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Terryallan wrote:

2112 wrote:

Are you sure it's the friction plate? My trunnion bars moaned where they attach to the hitch until I greased them. Grease all contact points EXCEPT the plate itself and see if that helps. Are you sure you need the friction plate adjusted so tight?


The friction is adjusted at the factory. You will in all likely hood never need to adjust it more.
The Handel is NOT the adjustment. It is the On /Off switch. When the Handel is tightened all the way to the bolt stops, The bar is "On". Loosen it, and it's off. Lube it, and it's useless.

The adjustment, Is the bolt UNDER the Handel. Leave it alone. Until the pads begin to wear out.

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First, make sure it's the friction bar and not the trunion heads. Grease the sockets for the trunion heads.

If it still moans, it will quiet down with use.


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If it still moans, it will quiet down with use.

And there again it may not. After 7 years of use mine are still noisy.
Put lube on them...you might as well throw them away.

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