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Old 06-27-2020, 06:23 PM   #1
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Silicone lubricant

Just purchased a new Equalizer hitch. Definitely need to lube parts as it was making a lot of noise back there, but don't really want to use grease. Past experience has shown what happens when you do. Anybody ever try something like WD-40 silicone lubricant? Can't see why it wouldn't work, but might not be thinking clear. Don't want to wear this out to fast, lot's of money spent on this. Thanks.
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Get some dry graphite powder from a auto parts store.
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:41 PM   #3
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I lubricate my Equal-I-Zer hitch according to the owner's manual instructions and I have almost no noise from it.
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:40 PM   #4
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It's not so much the noise as it is the wear on it, but looking for something that's not going have dirt and everything else sticking to it. Greased my old reese hitch and had to clean it up to many times.
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:52 PM   #5
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Equalizer makes friction pads that install on the L brackets, that quieten the hitch and provide a friction surface.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/store...et-jacket-pair

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Dry graphite makes a stain that is very hard to get rid of. I would certainly not use grease. I used silicone spray and had to reapply every month or so but it didn't make a mess.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:11 PM   #7
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Silicone lubricant should only ever be used on rubber and other synthetic parts, never on metal as it is not a true lubricant.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:31 PM   #8
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Get a grease stick. It will eliminate squeaks and squawks from the trunnion bar pivot points and ball without being.......greasy.
Get the pads for the frame brackets, they make a huge difference.
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I clean all surfaces with brake cleaner and then regrease every time.
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Try using some folded up waxed paper in the rubbing parts. Will have to replace every time but clean and doesn’t attract dirt.
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Don’t use silicone. It takes a while for the bars to wear into the L brackets. Don’t waste you money on the pads. They lessen the total sway control so what good are they? I had my Equal-I-Zer for 10 years. I disassemble it twice a year and grease it but you don’t need to grease it every time you use it. I will on occasion wipe some grease on the areas where the brackets that the bars hook to swivel. This is usually only necessary if you tow in the rain. It prevents rust. I have no noise and i never disconnect the bars when backing up.
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I use wheel bearing grease.
Clean and regrease as needed.
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Amsoil 5th wheel grease (small squeeze tube). All it takes is a tiny dab on your contact points and I keep a roll of paper towel in the pass through, a quick wipe cleans things up well so no mess.
I also use the plastic pads on the trailer brackets so no mess or noise there.
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The L bracket pads DO work wonders and after about 100 miles they wear in and provide the same level of sway control as the hitch did without them. The same is true of new hitches which do not provide much sway control until the paint wears off the bars.

Mine is now dead silent since I added the bracket pads. Best $20 you can spend.
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