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OEM Towbar wonít release

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Old Sep 24th, 2023, 11:32   #1
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Morning all, wonder if someone could help me.

My OEM electronic release towbar wonít release - it has power, the button works and I can hear it trying to release but itís solid underneath the bumper. It took a few goes to release earlier in the year at one point but did, however itís not having any of it now.

I need to get it booked in as I think thereís something awry in the mechanism, but does anyone know if there is a manual override at all?

Luckily it was just being used for a tip run with the trailer rather than heading for the Ferry for France!
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Old Sep 30th, 2023, 22:40   #2
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I had that once just before going on holiday with the caravan, I reached under the bumper and gave the towbar a wee nudge & it swung down ,itís worked perfectly since.
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Old Oct 29th, 2023, 06:37   #3
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If the towed vehicle has an adjustable towing socket (i.e. there's a hex or other nut pointing into the socket), try loosening that off. First time I towed with my XC60 I had an issue with the tow socket having been adjusted to a smaller or worn tow ball.
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Personally I'd try a liberal spray of WD40 on swing mechanism, leave to soak for a while then 'gentle' persuasion whilst activating button. If not used regularly may just be a bit seized, in quite a vulnerable position given our weather. If just for a little trailer all good, but if going to use for a caravan don't forget to thoroughly clean ball of any WD40!
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Morning all, wonder if someone could help me.

My OEM electronic release towbar wonít release - it has power, the button works and I can hear it trying to release but itís solid underneath the bumper. It took a few goes to release earlier in the year at one point but did, however itís not having any of it now.

I need to get it booked in as I think thereís something awry in the mechanism, but does anyone know if there is a manual override at all?

Luckily it was just being used for a tip run with the trailer rather than heading for the Ferry for France!
has it been regularly lubricated ? it gets all salted up in the winter.
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