How Can I Keep My Coupling in Top Condition?

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Your coupling is a device that is critical for road safety and which requires basic maintenance to ensure that it works optimally. With minimal effort you can significantly extend the service life of your coupling, and you can also rest assured that you are driving safely on the roads. Here are 3 simple tips on how to keep your coupling in top condition, thereby preventing wear and avoiding problems when coupling and decoupling.

1. Daily function check

Before the workday begins, you should perform coupling and decoupling to check whether it functions smoothly. It is important that the mechanism locks securely when coupled to ensure safe driving. Testing this means you have done the most important check of your equipment for the day. Another good thing to check is whether the coupling equipment has any visible damage.

2. Clean and lubricate

For the coupling to function optimally, it must be kept well lubricated and clean. Do this by lubricating the oil plugs in the mechanism and locking pin. If you opt to install a VBG MechMatic (, you won’t have to do this at all since cleaning and lubrication are done automatically. An easy way to keep your coupling in the best possible condition.

3. Wear and mileage check

After your vehicle has passed 60,000 km, for example, it is important to carry out a thorough check and visual inspection of all coupling system functions and parts during a certified service.

If damage is already done

If you notice that coupling and decoupling do not go smoothly when doing your daily function check, you can easily perform troubleshooting according to VBG’s Guidelines to find a solution. 

Or if you notice visible damage to the vehicle’s endplates, for example, it may indicate previous jackknifing, which means a workshop will need to repair the damage. Read more about jackknifing repairs and costs here

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