Play in coupling head

Mar 14, 2005
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I have a 2004 model Compass with BPW chassis and coupling, I have noticed what I think is excessive play in the coupling head. With the 'van uncoupled I can lift the coupling about 3mm. This gives off a loud clonking noise in some circunstances (when travelling very slowly over traffic calming raised surfaces). Do you think this movement is normal or do I have a problem.

PS greasing the coupling takes away the play until the next time the van is towed.
 
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Alan, can you confirm the movement is in the shaft itself and not the tow hitch. Do you have a Winterhoff stabaliser hitch fitted?
 
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Alan, can you confirm the movement is in the shaft itself and not the tow hitch. Do you have a Winterhoff stabaliser hitch fitted?
Yes, the play is in the sliding shaft and Yes I have a Winterhoff stabiliser
 
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2004 and grease.

I take it that you don't have the Winterhoff friction stabiliser!!

I would contact the dealer for a warranty claim
It has a Winterhoff Friction stabiliser, the grease is pumped into the nipples and not on to the stabilser
 
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Until some grease is pumped into the 2 grease nipples on the hitch tubes nylon bearings, there is indeed a fair bit of movement, in a new caravans tube.

But once 10 to 15 pumps of grease are added to each nipple the free play goes away, i dont know whether there should be as much as 3 mm & i cant say ive ever heard any noise come off one.

If in doubt get it checked out.
 

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