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Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by VTPREDATOR, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. VTPREDATOR

    VTPREDATOR New Member

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    have the genuine towbar on the wagon. when connected, its loose and can wobble around back and forth inside the hitch etc. when trailer is attached, it is becoming unbearable when driving. clang clunk clang. anyone know of a fix to hold the towball hitch thingy firmly in the towbar? on my old vy there was a hole tapped into one corner of the square with a bolt. but i dont really want to do that. sorry if you dont understand my dribble. makes sense in my head. lol

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    That doesnt sound right mate. I've towed many times with my wagon and the hitch is nice and firm. You sure they've given you the correct size ball attachment to put in? Sounds like it's too small if its so loose that it rattles about.
     
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    thanx guys, definately not the towball. vicarious that is the bolt im talking about from my vy. think i may just drill a hole and tap a thread into it....
     
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    sorry dude, i didnt mean the towball itself... i was referring to the neck it attaches to.
    if that neck doesnt have the correct sizing for the mounting hole you put it in, it would cause the noises you describe.
     
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    I have the genuine Holden 2100kg towbar and it has a bolt underneath it that you simply tighten up to stop the rattle... check to see if the hole is there - maybe the bolt fell out??
     
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    all good fellas. i feel soooo GUMBY right now.. hahaha. walked out to the carport this morning and looked straight at the ass end of the car, and spotted the bolt underneath! cant believe i never saw it hitching up trailers. thanx everyone.
     
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    im hate to tell you fellas this but that bolt that ya gunna tighten to stop the tow hitch from rattling is only to be tightened when you are not towing anything , its not there to stop the hitch moving when you are towing its only there for when arnt towing the hitch is supposed to have movement when towing , this can vary from tow bar to tow bar quite dramatically some are a firm fit some seem quite loose , we supply and fit hayman reece tow bars at work and no two are the same with how tight the hitch fits into the tow bar , so for safty sake dont tighten the rattle bolt when towing as the hitch needs to be able to move freely in the tow bar . hope this makes sense its all about the weight carring ability of the heavy duty tow bar . cheers .
     
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    I cant see why it would have to be able to move around when the trailer is free to pivot on the towball. What happens in the case of a solid towbar that offers no movement?
     
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    the difference is the weight carring ability of the tow bar if you work for holden look it up im not shittin any one its just a safty issue the bolt is only to be tight when not in use its a written directive from hayman reece aswell as gmh as far as i know im not the engineer im just the installer who reads instructions thoroughly , we explain this regulation to ever customer we fit a tow bar for .
     
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    I looked it up and youre right.

    • When not towing, loosen the lock nut (5), tighten the anti-rattle bolt (6) against the towbar tongue and retighten the lock nut against the towbar.
    • The M10 nut and anti-rattle bolt must be removed when the towbar is in use.

    Learn something new every day, though I still dont understand why you have to do it...
     
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    lol well that seems kinda pointless. as when im not towing i just remove the dang thing, and if its still in there it dont clunk around... still dont see the difference in having it tightened when towing. so if this is true, explain to me towbars that used the tongue system. its full solid.....
     
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    I accept what Blasta says, but like Ricey & Predator, it doesn't make any sense to me.
    I've done plenty of towing, but all fairly light loads.
    I had a HR hitch on my VZ, and was happy with it.
    But when I looked around for a towbar for my VE, the solid-type was a lot less expensive, so that's what I've got now.
     
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    yeah i know it sounds weird but its just something with heavy duty tow bars and weight distrabution or something like that ive queried it and thats all hayman reece say its to do with the weight carrying of the heavy duty tow bar so for safty i lossen mine when i tow my jetskis and they weigh bugger all , probs 175 kg with trailer . thanks for believing wat i was sayin its good to know people do listen some time . cheers
     
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    My genuine 1600KG towbar has the anti-rattle bolt at the bottom of hitch carrier. With it nipped-up when towing you still get a slight clunk when braking & accelerating but no rattling.
    You can wrap a bit of aluminium tape (100 MPH tape) around the hitch to tighten the fit to stop rattles...
     
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    Are the tow bars assembly's different from wagon to sedans?
     
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    yes they are different from sedan to wagon .
     

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