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Old 04-11-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
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sway bars making a litle noise

Like Pageclots thread I was wondering about how tight to make them and since mine are so old I thought i would post a few pics for you guys to go over... They only make noise when I turn really slow I think it might be that i forgot to grease the ball oops... I 'll get right on that one but about the tightness of it? I'm on the road (In Mississippi right as I'm writing this) so I will check between stops. The brand is reese (travel lite)
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Can't really tell without looking at everything. From the pictures I see it looks OK. If the noise is a popping sound on turning it's normal. Grease the ball. You could spray some WD-40 on the head where the bars attach too.
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On my Reese I geese the ball and use a little oil where the arms attach to the head. There are two holes on the top of the hitch head that say "oil" on them.

BTW, it still makes noise. If I hitch the bars extra tight, it makes more noise. You should tighten the bars until your truck is level with the same amount of drop on the front wheels as the rears. At that point there should be a noticeable bend in the bars.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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This is a picky point but those are not "sway bars". Their function is to transfer weight to the front axle of the tow vehicle and also back to the trailer axles, and also level the trailer. The do a little to control sway, but that is not their main job. Your tongue (on your trailer that is) does have a small ball above and in front of where the WD bars attach to the tongue. That is where your friction "sway bar" is attached.

Some may dissagree with me but on a trailer your size I just use the pipe section that came with the hitch to tension the bars. The general idea is to put enough tension on the bars so the trailer and tow vehicle are level. The techniques can get pretty techy and has been described in great detail in other threads.
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Like Pageclots thread I was wondering about how tight to make them and since mine are so old I thought i would post a few pics for you guys to go over... They only make noise when I turn really slow I think it might be that i forgot to grease the ball oops... I 'll get right on that one but about the tightness of it? I'm on the road (In Mississippi right as I'm writing this) so I will check between stops. The brand is reese (travel lite)
Check your chains. They are the old style small links.

They have a habit of breaking at their pivot points.

Each time you make a turn, the chain that attaches to the torsion bar, moves, and will snap when hitting a good bump, as soon as it's thin enough.

The bars you have are torsion bars. They have nothing to do with sway control.

Those bars look like they are old old old Reese bars.

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