Better Towing Australia

Towbar Care And Pre Towing Maintenance

Regular inspection and maintenance is essential in ensuring your BTA Towbar provides safe, hassle free towing and your towbar lasts for the lifetime of the vehicle.


Ensuring your towbar remains in good condition is key to its longevity.

The towbar, hitch receiver, tongue and lock should be cleaned regularly with a water based detergent. Pressure washers should be used on a lower intensity setting to ensure paint is not removed from the Towbar.

Check for signs of paint wear and surface rust. If found then sand off affected area and apply a black enamel based paint suitable for metal. This procedure will become more common if your vehicle is exposed to salt water or you live near the coast.

Check your Towball for grooves, rust or any deformation and replace if necessary.

Your Towball should be greased prior to towing a trailer.  When the towball is not being used apply a cover for protection.


Checking your hitch pin is securely fastened to your Towbar is essential prior to towing. When not towing it is a good idea to regularly inspect your connection between towbar and towball mount to check there is nothing loose or has been removed. In the case of ‘bolt on’ class 2′ Towbars it is recommended that the tongue bolts tightness are checked regularly and always before towing.

The main structure of the Towbar rarely needs Inspecting but knowing your Towbars characteristics and how it sits in relation to your vehicle can help identify any underlying issues before they become major.

For instance a tongue or towball mount suddenly pointing towards the ground may indicate something has moved or your suspension is not coping with the extra load of your trailer.

Generally if installed correctly tow bars do not become loose ,however we recommend checking your towbar and tongue bolts regularly for tightness and any signs of fatigue or movement.

Used Towbars

We generally recommend not buying second hand towbars. Not knowing the towbars history means parts may be worn out and unsafe. A towbar may have been damaged in an accident or used outside its towing specifications. These factors could make installation problematic and dangerous for the end user.

For technical questions regarding any of these issues then consult your local towbar installation outlet or contact us at