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post #410 of (permalink) Old 12th February 2007
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Is that 'pink' road crud or a chemical metal reaction? If you look at the last picture you will see that the 'hook' has been striking the recess-surround rather heavily. That's one part of the problem because the hook itself is not exactly made of cased steel is it? It's just a piece of deformed soft metal. They will look at the car and say it hasn't been lubricated so it is your fault; I would say there is more to it than that.

If you look at the black plastic tugger that releases the safety, you can see that it is significantly free of crud, so it is not road crud that is causing the friction. I bet the hook moves quite freely on its pivot and returns to the 'engaged' position without assistance, doesn't it?

As far as the latch is concerned, the underneath is the bit that matters most because that is the part that makes against the center pin. If that is slightly worn (bevelled), it does not auger well. Does your cable park well without assistance?

Mind you, a bit of grease 'painted' on these parts wouldn't have done any harm either, but they might not necessarily have prevented the incident.

Go for it man! If at first you don't succeed... go further up the ladder.
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