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Old 05-14-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Hitch Ball Scratches normal?

Hey everyone,

After my first trip with my new TT, I noticed that the hitch ball had some scratches on it. Is this normal/expected wear tear or is it something I should be concerned about?

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Old 05-14-2014, 10:08 AM   #2
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Fairly common. I have similar scratches in the same place on mine. To help eliminate the friction and hitch sounds, smear the ball with a good coating of bearing grease. Every 1000 miles or so I wipe it off and apply fresh grease. Between trips I found a 9 oz Solo cup fits perfectly on the ball, stays securely even while driving down the Interstate.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
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I used lithium grease when I had a TT but I have read where other people use wax paper for lubrication. If wax paper works it would be a lot cleaner then grease. They do sell Teflon grease for the ball. Reese used to sell one as well.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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Yep - looks like mine. That's very normal. I apply a coating of a good lithium based axle grease before each trip. It's cheap, you don't need a lot, and it does a nice job of making towing smoother.
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Normal for a chrome plated ball.....I've used both chrome plated and non-plated 2" balls. My 2" non-plated ball is smooth as silk while my chrome plated ball looks just like yours. My theory is that the chrome plating acts like a coarse abrasive as it first chips and peels off.
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like this is normal and nothing to be worried about. I can invest in some lubrication for next trip to see if that smooths it out.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
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I use a 2" Stainless ball w/ a light coat of grease and a tennis ball to slide over the ball when not in use.
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I use a 2" Stainless ball w/ a light coat of grease and a tennis ball to slide over the ball when not in use.
Would you mind taking a picture of the tennis ball? It sounds like an awesome idea to not get grease all over the place. Is it effective?
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Hitch ball covers are available at most auto parts stores for <$5. I prefer them over the tennis ball.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:38 PM   #10
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Welcome to JOF

As mentioned, a little metal-to-metal witness marks are normal, but should diminish once the two mating parts settle in.

I would put a little grease on the ball to minimize wear and noise.

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