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I have a fairly new 13 pin towbar socket which I find quite difficult to use, as the plug needs to twist as it locates. I have considered using WD40, but wondered if a Wurth silicone aerosol lubricant (not grease) that I have would be better at helping the socket to twist & locate, in addition to waterproofing the electrical connections?

 

I have an Alko ATC trailer control, so Im aware that the constant 12v pin is very important and dont want to compromise it.

 

Thanks for looking.

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I use ACF50, many uses, e. g. protects electrical contacts, corrosion protection, great for locks and padlocks etc, not particularly low cost but it does go a long way.

 

Many retailers e. g. https://www. amazon. co. uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=acf-50&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=185300329577&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17491771861262567740&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9047009&hvtargid=kwd-133208011&ref=pd_sl_3p3vbqgwdz_e

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I use ACF50, many uses, e. g. protects electrical contacts, corrosion protection, great for locks and padlocks etc, not particularly low cost but it does go a long way.

 

Many retailers e. g. https://www. amazon. co. uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=acf-50&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=185300329577&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17491771861262567740&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9047009&hvtargid=kwd-133208011&ref=pd_sl_3p3vbqgwdz_e

Thanks for a quick reply - can you confirm that the spray definitely helps electrical contact?

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Thanks for a quick reply - can you confirm that the spray definitely helps electrical contact?

 

In so much as it is a corrosion inhibitor and aids in maintaining the contacts in a clean state.

 

I'm not quite sure that I am fully understanding your question, but if you already have poor\dirty contacts then you may wish to clean them with Electrical Contact Cleaner e. g. http://www. eurocarparts. com/ecp/p/car-accessories/car-maintenance-accessories/maintenance-fluids-and-greases/maintenance-fluids/?542770540&0&cc5_858&gclid=CMjA7duXhNQCFRG6GwodoNkFxQ

 

If after cleaning the contacts are all functioning properly, you may then wish to apply ACF50, to date I have found it very effective, lots of info online.

 

Hope that helps, and hope you have trouble free electrics, nice to carry out some preventative maintenance work if it helps to free up all of your recreational time :) .

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Many people use WD40, but many also blame it for softening the plastic.

 

Standard WD40 is a water dispersant (the WD part), it has it's uses but does not leave behind a protective coating or lasting lubrication, one of the most misused products out there.

 

( I acknowledge that there is a WD40 product specifically for cleaning electrical contacts - http://cpc. farnell. com/wd-40-specialist/443686/contact-cleaner-fast-acting-400ml/dp/SA02593?CMP=KNC-GUK-CPC-GEN-KWL-WD_40_SPECIALIST&mckv=sPp7SapEO_dc|pcrid|189981281905|kword||match|b|plid|&gclid=COLc8rKdhNQCFVQ_Gwod1DwAsg )

 

For freeing off rusty nuts and bolts etc. , yes; for anything else, well I just avoid it and use appropriate products relative to the circumstances.

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Some years ago difficulties were experienced by some users in connecting the plug to the socket on 13 pin trailer connections.

 

This was nothing to do with lubrication but to faulty plug assemblies which caused accidental misalignment of pins and sockets. after disconnection. The solution to this misalignment problem is to use a re-alignment tool

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In so much as it is a corrosion inhibitor and aids in maintaining the contacts in a clean state.

 

I'm not quite sure that I am fully understanding your question, but if you already have poor\dirty contacts then you may wish to clean them with Electrical Contact Cleaner e. g. http://www. eurocarparts. com/ecp/p/car-accessories/car-maintenance-accessories/maintenance-fluids-and-greases/maintenance-fluids/?542770540&0&cc5_858&gclid=CMjA7duXhNQCFRG6GwodoNkFxQ .

The plug and socket are fairly new and connecting OK, its just that its sometimes difficult to twist and slide the plug into the socket, so I would like to lubricate them and also protect the elec. connections.

As far as electrical contact protection goes,Contralube is excellent stuff :-

 

http://contralube. com/contralube-770/

 

Ian

the contralube looks a little fiddly to use (is it injected or rubbed on?) and I was hoping for a simple aerosol solution. ....

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Some years ago difficulties were experienced by some users in connecting the plug to the socket on 13 pin trailer connections.

 

This was nothing to do with lubrication but to faulty plug assemblies which caused accidental misalignment of pins and sockets. after disconnection. The solution to this misalignment problem is to use a re-alignment tool

Would I be right that the tool is used to set the alignment of the slides in the plug, so they line-up with socket?

I can line it up by eye, but the plug can be awkward as it twists in, resulting in the ATC pin sometimes not connecting properly. A simple aerosol lubricant that prevents the sticking, but also protects the elec contacts would be great!

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Would I be right that the tool is used to set the alignment of the slides in the plug, so they line-up with socket?

I can line it up by eye, but the plug can be awkward as it twists in, resulting in the ATC pin sometimes not connecting properly. A simple aerosol lubricant that prevents the sticking, but also protects the elec contacts would be great!

That is my understanding as I don't have a 13 pin set-up, just the steam driven 12N & 12S connections. There was a faulty batch of plugs released which caused problems for the users, cured by using the green alignment tool.

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That is my understanding as I don't have a 13 pin set-up, just the steam driven 12N & 12S connections. There was a faulty batch of plugs released which caused problems for the users, cured by using the green alignment tool.

I may have one of those faulty sockets. It connects - but a bit clunky. Im not changing it so hoping a lubricant will ease it!

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Used ACF50 on my motorbikes for donkey's years. It was developed for corrosion prevention in the aviation industry (so I was told by an ACF50 fanatic). Fantastic stuff. Sprayed and coated it on everything except brake discs - even on electrics. Never had any problems. It helped my bikes survive all weather use here in the salty wet hurricane winds of Shetland (and that's a fine summers day).

 

Never thought to put the stuff on my plug points. Had the van plug opened up to realign the cap (after it was serviced I noticed that the flat cap on top of the van plug, didn't line up with the spring cap on the car plug when it was twisted on), and noticed some corrosion on the wire terminals, so will be spraying some ACF50 inside it at the weekend.

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