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Problem with Witter swan neck towbar



 
 
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Old October 12th 11, 03:45 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
effdubblya
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

I've just bought a new (to me) car which came complete with a the
above towbar which appears brand new. It is the one which inserts
vertically under the bumper. I can't for the life of me get it to
click into place. I have watched a demo on utube of how to do it but
the retaining button won't pop out when I pull the tow bar down. I
can get it to work when I press the small release button when not
connected to the car. Does any one have any ideas?

Frank
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Old October 12th 11, 06:46 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Woody[_3_]
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

"effdubblya" wrote in message
...
I've just bought a new (to me) car which came complete with a
the
above towbar which appears brand new. It is the one which
inserts
vertically under the bumper. I can't for the life of me get it
to
click into place. I have watched a demo on utube of how to do
it but
the retaining button won't pop out when I pull the tow bar
down. I
can get it to work when I press the small release button when
not
connected to the car. Does any one have any ideas?

Frank



This may sound a silly suggestion but why don't you mail or even
ring Witter and ask them - I have always found them very helpful.

They are based in Chester.



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Old October 12th 11, 07:36 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dougal
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

On 12/10/2011 16:45, effdubblya wrote:
I've just bought a new (to me) car which came complete with a the
above towbar which appears brand new. It is the one which inserts
vertically under the bumper. I can't for the life of me get it to
click into place. I have watched a demo on utube of how to do it but
the retaining button won't pop out when I pull the tow bar down. I
can get it to work when I press the small release button when not
connected to the car. Does any one have any ideas?

Frank


Is the socket on the car clean inside? If you are failing to get the
removable bit fully inserted into the socket it won't lock.


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Old November 2nd 11, 08:08 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
effdubblya
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

On Oct 12, 7:36*pm, Dougal DougalATHisKennel.free-online.co.uk
wrote:
On 12/10/2011 16:45, effdubblya wrote:

I've just bought a new (to me) car which came complete with a the
above towbar which appears brand new. *It is the one which inserts
vertically under the bumper. *I can't for the life of me get it to
click into place. *I have watched a demo on utube of how to do it but
the retaining button won't pop out when I pull the tow bar down. *I
can get it to work when I press the small release button when not
connected to the car. *Does any one have any ideas?


Frank


Is the socket on the car clean inside? If you are failing to get the
removable bit fully inserted into the socket it won't lock.


Thanks for the replies folks. I eventually took it to a specialist
and he got the car up on a ramp and was then able to get a bit of
pressure on the bracket to force it upwards and the button clicked
into place. He then enlarged the slot that the bar went into making
it easier to slide in. He charged me 20 for five minutes work but it
was worth it.

Frank
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Old November 17th 11, 03:13 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Autowbars \(BFD\)
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

I dont like the method used !!!
It really only needed a good clean, as they are a
near zero tolerance fit a bit of grit can stop it.

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Towbars supplied and fitted.
"effdubblya" wrote in message
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On Oct 12, 7:36 pm, Dougal DougalATHisKennel.free-online.co.uk
wrote:
On 12/10/2011 16:45, effdubblya wrote:

I've just bought a new (to me) car which came complete with a the
above towbar which appears brand new. It is the one which inserts
vertically under the bumper. I can't for the life of me get it to
click into place. I have watched a demo on utube of how to do it but
the retaining button won't pop out when I pull the tow bar down. I
can get it to work when I press the small release button when not
connected to the car. Does any one have any ideas?


Frank


Is the socket on the car clean inside? If you are failing to get the
removable bit fully inserted into the socket it won't lock.


Thanks for the replies folks. I eventually took it to a specialist
and he got the car up on a ramp and was then able to get a bit of
pressure on the bracket to force it upwards and the button clicked
into place. He then enlarged the slot that the bar went into making
it easier to slide in. He charged me 20 for five minutes work but it
was worth it.

Frank


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Old November 21st 11, 08:23 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Lunar475
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Default Problem with Witter swan neck towbar

On Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:13:59 UTC, Autowbars (BFD) wrote:
I dont like the method used !!!
It really only needed a good clean, as they are a
near zero tolerance fit a bit of grit can stop it.


I keep an old toothbrush with my towball for preciselt that purpose.
 



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