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Old 09-03-2016, 05:23 AM   #11
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You don't know if the welds have been compromised...Replace it.
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:30 AM   #12
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A force strong enough to bend a Class 3 or 4 receiver hitch would most likely also have bent the frame. I would make the body shop put the truck on a frame machine to make sure it did not bend it in any way. If it is bent at all, it won't ever were tires properly and could be unsafe to tow with.
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:39 AM   #13
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I went through the same thing several months ago. I went back and forth, and decided to have them change it for a new OEM. I was glad I did. They found additional damage to it once the hitch was removed that was invisible without removing it.
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A little more info on the wreck.
I was sitting waiting to make a left turn with traffic at a stop 1 car behind me. The car behind me was rear ended by a car traveling 35-45 mph. This sent the middle car into my truck. Luckily I had my 2" ball in the reciever. The ball tore up his radiator, and I was left with 2 small dents on my bumper. I replaced the pin that holds the ball in place. The adjuster came out and looked at my truck and said "I really dont think anything is wrong with the hitch, but for liability standpoint I will pay to have it replaced".
Still not 100% convinced it should be replaced as there is no visible damage.
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