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Worn Out Actuator Shock Troubleshooting, Loud Clanking on Acceleration

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Hello I have a question about my surge brakes on my 2000 model boat trailer. When pulling my boat, If I accelerate after a stop, I hear and feel a loud clunk coming from the trailer hitch. Although I cant see it, it seems that the coupler must be coming forward to easily and making the noise. I have checked the fluid, and the shoes are adjusted. I jacked up the trailer wheels, when I depress the coupler, it has resistance and it stops the wheels from turning. The coupler returns when I release it, but not completely to the forward position. Does the shock control the coupler from returning too fast? Does this sound like my Shock is worn out? Thanks

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It sounds like the shock is worn out in your coupler and it is no longer functioning as a dampener to allow the coupler to return slowly and that is the clanking sound you are hearing.

I attached a page that shows all of the different actuator shocks like # T2336200 that we offer. If you email me back with what model actuator you have I can help you pick one out.

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