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Tow hitch or tow bar - is a device, which is designed for towing a trailer by a vehicle. The detail is made ​​of stainless steel and is installed under the rear bumper of the car.

Types of tow hitch
  • Tow ball. It is used for passenger cars and off-road vehicles:
    • Type "A" - load capacity up to 1500 kg.;
    • Type "N" – up to 1500 kg.;
    • Type of "V“ - up to 2500 kg.;
    • Type “BMA“ - up to 2500 kg.;
    • Type “F“- up to 3500 kg.;
    • Type “G“ - up to 3500 kg.;
    • Quick type.
  • Forged tow ring. It is used for trucks. Capacity up to 10 000 kg.
  • Towing hook. It is used for trucks and off-road vehicles. Capacity up to 15 000 kg.
Tow hitch parts
  • trailer ball;
  • receiver hitch;
  • detachable beam;
  • element for fastening securing rope;
  • flange;
  • trailer plug;
  • connector plate.
Exploitation Tips
  1. Type of tow bar is to choose according to the expected frequency of use. For regular cargo transportation it is better to install fixed-drawbar hitch, and for irregular transportation receiver-type hitch is quite suitable.
  2. When choosing a tow hitch evaluate pulling power of your vehicle. Tow bars with high load-carrying capacity will be superfluous for small cars. Moreover, the weight of the trailer must not exceed 80% of the vehicle weight.
  3. Remember that in many European countries, driving with installed tow bar without a trailer is prohibited.
  4. Regular use the tow bar without disconnecting from the vehicle requires the fasteners to be checked not less than 3-4 times a week.
Tow hitch failure
  • trailer plug failure;
  • Corrosion and oxidation of the metal;
  • mechanical damage;
  • decrease of metal hardness due to long-time use.
Signs of tow hitch failure
  • rust;
  • loss of the original form of the device;
  • creak and rattle of tow bar when towing a trailer;
  • longitudinal instability of the device;
  • swinging and vibration during movement of the trailer.
Causes of tow hitch failure
  • frequent use in difficult environmental conditions (high humidity, large temperature fluctuations);
  • continuous use with an ultimate load;
  • accident and mechanical damage;
  • loosening of fasteners and connections;
  • disregard of requirements, terms, and recommendations of manufacturer;
  • improper use and connection of the trailer plug and trailer lighting.
Replacement and repair of tow hitch

Tow hitch is a highly wear-resistant construction. However, if you see signs of wear or decrease of steel hardness, this item must be completely replaced.

In case of mechanical damage repair can be carried out only by means of welding machine, but this is only a temporary measure. The replacement of the tow bar is to be done as quickly as possible.

To install the tow hitch, namely its supporting frame, one must apply to specialists. If you have chosen a removable type of device, further installation of the trailer ball on your own takes less than 10 minutes. Besides, you should pay particular attention to the correct order of the contacts in the electric scheme of tow hitch connection via trailer plug. To avoid malfunction in the electronic system of cars with onboard computer, the connection of trailer plug contacts must be carried out in spezialized automotive services.

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  • DIEDERICHS Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: 1018064
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    £ 11,61
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    • Fitting Position: Front
    • Quality: Premium Quality
    • Surface: Primed
    • Condition: New
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    Number of article: 6025062
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    £ 11,20
    £ 8,96
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    • Fitting Position: Front
    • Colour: Black
    • Condition: New
  • PRASCO Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: CI2011236
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    £ 8,28
    £ 6,62
    incl. 20% VAT
    • Fitting Position: Front
    • Weight [kg]: 0,02
    • Condition: New
  • BLIC Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: 5513-00-3518970P
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    £ 8,97
    £ 7,18
    incl. 20% VAT
    • Fitting Position: Rear
    • Chemical Properties: Paintable
    • Model year to: 2011
    • Condition: New
  • PRASCO Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: FT0301236
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    £ 3,94
    £ 3,15
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    • Fitting Position: Front
    • Weight [kg]: 0,02
    • Condition: New
  • BLIC Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: 5513-00-2564921P
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    £ 6,83
    £ 5,46
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    • Fitting Position: Front
    • Model year from: 2005
    • Condition: New
  • BOSAL Electric Kit, towbar
    Number of article: 020-814
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    £ 43,24
    £ 34,59
    incl. 20% VAT
    • Socket f. trailer coupl. (pole arrangem.): 13
    • Trailer Hitch: Harness with prefabricated socket, without parking assist deactivation, E-Set without original plug-in connectors
    • Vehicle Equipment: for vehicles without check control system
    • Supplementary Article/Info 2: Activation not required
    • Labour [h]: 0,5
    • Condition: New
  • PRASCO Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: ME3051236
    In stock
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    £ 4,20
    £ 3,36
    incl. 20% VAT
    • Fitting Position: Rear, Front
    • Quantity Unit: Kit
    • Condition: New
  • PRASCO Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: ME3021236
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    £ 4,16
    £ 3,33
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    • Fitting Position: Rear, Front
    • Quantity Unit: Set
    • Condition: New
  • PRASCO Flap, tow hook
    Number of article: FT0301287
    In stock
    -20%
    £ 8,97
    £ 7,18
    incl. 20% VAT
    • Fitting Position: Rear
    • Surface: Chromed
    • Condition: New