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Old 09-23-2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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Have 32SL16k slider 16k lb , no pivot hitch...owned for 5 yrs. No rust. Have major hassle getting the draw bar across for the last year, worked well before. Took to hitch shop and they cleaned/lubed with powerwasher and wd40...seemed ok for 1 trip then bound again. I've tried adjusting the head with the bolt ...doesnt seem to matter. Still have a bear of a time getting the draw bar across when unhitching. Ready to toss the hitch and buy a pivot model but would rather keep the current rails if that needs to happen. Hopefully the new hitch (same manufacturer)will just slide in. Anyone fought this and won?

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Have 32SL16k slider 16k lb , no pivot hitch...owned for 5 yrs. No rust. Have major hassle getting the draw bar across for the last year, worked well before. Took to hitch shop and they cleaned/lubed with powerwasher and wd40...seemed ok for 1 trip then bound again. I've tried adjusting the head with the bolt ...doesnt seem to matter. Still have a bear of a time getting the draw bar across when unhitching. Ready to toss the hitch and buy a pivot model but would rather keep the current rails if that needs to happen. Hopefully the new hitch (same manufacturer)will just slide in. Anyone fought this and won?

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Old 09-26-2005, 04:51 AM   #3
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Just a follow up for anyone with a similar issue. I further adjusted the head bolt and lubed with white lithium grease. Now the bar is moving again. Apparently wd40 is NOT a product that helps in this sort of binding...and may hurt.
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Something to try...

Before you unhook, set the trailer brakes with the manual control on the brake controller, then back up to take the tention from the pin off of the lock bar. Set the emergency brake on the truck so it doesn't roll back forward, and try pulling the release handle.


The hitch on our shop truck was having this problem. I noticed that the lock bar now has a nice little divot where the pin rides against it. By not backing up to get the pin out of the divot, the lock bar was pretty much "locked" in place.
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Thanks for the reply. We are pretty good at unbinding things and as I say 5 years without a problem on all sorts of sites. I think I've got it sorted now. I flipped it over and cleaned it out then gave a good soak with white lithium grease and all is well. WD40 wont be seeing this hitch again. It seems to combine with pine sap to sieze things up really good.
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WD-40 is not a lubricant, it is a penetrant. The small amount of lubricity it provides will evaporate fairly quickly leaving you with no lubrication. I use white lithium on almost everything. It comes out of your clothes in the wash even. John
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