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For the first time, having just bought my new car, I have the 13-pin electrics fitted.

The towbar, fitted by the dealership, is a Westfalia unit with detachable towball, and the 13-pin socket swings down on a pivot pin when required to be used.

 

The pivot pin that holds this socket is riveted in positon, and cannot be removed without dismantling the rear bumper and towbar assembly.

For this reason, I need to keep the socket clean and maintained to the highest possible standard. Is an ocassional spray with WD40 sufficient?

 

For the 12N/12S plugs and sockets I have usually cleaned these with WD40 and smeared them with petroleum jelly. The more compact arrangement of the 13-pin plug/socket indicates that this treatment could result in gungy mess that would be difficult to clean away.

 

Any advice from caravanners with experience of the 13-pin system would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards.

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For the first time, having just bought my new car, I have the 13-pin electrics fitted.

The towbar, fitted by the dealership, is a Westfalia unit with detachable towball, and the 13-pin socket swings down on a pivot pin when required to be used.

 

The pivot pin that holds this socket is riveted in positon, and cannot be removed without dismantling the rear bumper and towbar assembly.

For this reason, I need to keep the socket clean and maintained to the highest possible standard. Is an ocassional spray with WD40 sufficient?

 

For the 12N/12S plugs and sockets I have usually cleaned these with WD40 and smeared them with petroleum jelly. The more compact arrangement of the 13-pin plug/socket indicates that this treatment could result in gungy mess that would be difficult to clean away.

 

Any advice from caravanners with experience of the 13-pin system would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards.

 

Silicone spray. ..Lidl 99p. Pins are nickel plated and not prone to rusting and the flap has a rubber seal. When engaged with the socket the twist action locks the plug onto the socket sealing ring.

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