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Old 09-17-2015, 04:44 AM   #15
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My WDH says use bearing grease on contact points. Was thinking of applying same grease to hitch and ball--any comments ?
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:16 AM   #16
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I use white lithium in a spray can. Couple shots in the coupler and on the ball whenever needed.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:00 AM   #17
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You lube em they collect dirt and then you now have homemade grinding compound. Keep em dry, now 99% are chrome and require no lube. Lube your receiver for easy attachment.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:41 AM   #18
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You lube em they collect dirt and then you now have homemade grinding compound. Keep em dry, now 99% are chrome and require no lube. Lube your receiver for easy attachment.
I tried it dry and my chrome stripped down to the copper in no time flat. If you clean the ball after every trip you don't get dirt build up
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:02 PM   #19
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I was using white lithium grease but found it to turn into a thick black goop. I switched to wheel bearing grease with good results.

To not lubricate a moving metal-to-metal contact is asking for trouble. Wear inside the coupler is an expensive repair. Galling of the ball might cause the ball to loosen.

I remove the hitch from the receiver, as soon as I disconnect, and latch the ball to the trailer and place a lock in the latch. This keeps dirt off the ball, grease off clothing and reduces chance of theft of both the hitch and trailer. I made a carry tool so that I can handle the hitch with one hand, keeping the ball away form my pants, and place it in the coupler or receiver.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:21 AM   #20
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I made a carry tool so that I can handle the hitch with one hand, keeping the ball away form my pants, and place it in the coupler or receiver.

Mind sharing a photo or drawing of that tool?
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:29 AM   #21
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Mind sharing a photo or drawing of that tool?
http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/...3cad6dce_1.jpg


I couldn't get the photo to post, so above is a link.



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Old 09-18-2015, 09:42 AM   #23
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Very impressive and a great tool - But beyond my skill level to make it myself.
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Found my next welding project. Gotta have one of those. I get in so much trouble with my wife over greasy clothes!
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:02 AM   #25
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Never used grease with our bumper pulls......used a sandwich bag over the ball ever time I latched up.
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I have never lubed my balls, Never noticed any wear at all
Ditto, this includes growing up on a farm and one of our trailers (the Livestock trailer) was a ball hitch type and pulling both a PUP and a TT for about 20 years give or take a few. Never once lubed them. Never seen U-Haul do it when I had to rent a trailer.

Far as I know it's not needed. If you must spray 'em down with something clear like Silicone but even that is overkill.. Smooth metal on smooth metal and very little movement means no need for lube, I mean you get on a straight road you can drive 100 miles and those two pieces of metal never move relative to each other.. Not like the axle where every tiny fraction of an inch = movement.
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Does it stay on the hitch all the time?
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I spray lithium grease up into the trailer latch mechanism and clean it 2x a year with brake cleaner to remove old grease and any contamination. An old sock over the ball keeps me from getting grease on my clothes. I keep it next to the bar that I use to snap up the WDH.
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