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Old 06-11-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Receiver Hitch Pin Hole Worn

The pin hole in my F150's receiver hitch is worn. I've never seen this before. The wear is mainly on the left side and the hole is vertically oval, tapered larger on the outside. The holes inside the receiver appear to still be round. Since the Ford has an OEM hitch I cannot replace it with an aftermarket unit. The pin I was using was a locking Master brand with a curved end on one side.

Has anyone repaired wear like this successfully? I'm wondering what caused the wear and if it is safe to use as-is.


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What year is your Ford? The worn hole doesn't appear to be something that could cause failure of the pin or losing the hitch. I'd be more concerned about the amount of rust. If you live in an area of heavy winter road salt, you should clean the rust and put a protective paint on the metal.

A weld shop could probably build up the worn metal and drill the hole out again if it's a concern.
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Worn due to a loose fit of the tow or draw bar? Now making too much movement for the tow or draw bar?Maybe put on one if the gizmos that snugs up the fit and stops rattling. And call it good.
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If you really want to replace the hitch itself, a junk yard would be a source. Else as a fix to existing hitch just weld up the hole and re-drill.
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I have always hated the slop of a hitch pin, so I just used a 5/8 inch bolt, nut, and flat washer. Grade 8 available from Tractor Supply. Torque to 100 Ft. Lb. and it's a solid as a weld.

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It's a 2012 F150 and I was using an Equal-i-zer hitch and bars. The rust is minimal but I'll clean it up regardless. I'm replacing the WDH so I'll have the hitch shop look at the wear. I may just use a bolt instead of a pin as bluepill suggested.
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I don't like those bent pins, they will wallow out the hole. I pressed on a collar and then faced it square. A locking type pin with a square shoulder would also work.

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How about a collar welded in place on each side of the receiver. Then get a little longer pin.
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Curved pins are known to wallow-out the holes. I use two or three washers on the curved side to keep this from happening.
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This happened to my 06 Ram 3500. As mentioned, my research led me to believe it was fit to the bent shoulder on the hitch pin. I put a screw clamp on the pin before the bend to ensure only the straight part of the pin was in the receiver.

My 2016 Ram 3500 has a 2.5" receiver so that workaround isn't viable...need to find another solution.
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Any welder can fill in the hole and then grind or drill it to fit the pin. Get a proper size hitch pin at a farm supply store. They don't have a bend and last forever.
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Using the bolt replacement method has been a long standing standard for those who pull trailers with any type of construction equipment on long hauls.


As mentioned previously, the pins will always wallow out the holes from long term use.


I would use the bolt now as a replacement and leave the hole as is for now. With the bolt tight, it should not rattle or cause any future wear.


Watch for signs of movement at the head of the bolt where you'll install flat washers, and at the nut end around the washers.


If you find signs of movement that you just can't live with, a fish plate welded in place over the hole is better than welding the hole and trying to re-drill the hole to size due to the welds being too hard for the average drill bit.


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Dtwallace, a welding shop has the drill bits capable of drilling the hole out to the proper size after welding it to build up the hole. I can not count the number of times I seen this done. I have actually done this.

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Yup, weld it up and drill it out to the correct size. Do it all the time.
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