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Old 09-07-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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WD Bar Lubrication

New to the WD bar world, what do most people use to lubricate the bar sockets to stop squealing? Fibrous grease, bearing grease, etc???
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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whatever is in the gun. usually bearing grease
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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New to the WD bar world, what do most people use to lubricate the bar sockets to stop squealing? Fibrous grease, bearing grease, etc???
I always have a tube of lithium grease for the ball handy, so I also use that for the WDH bars.

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PS. I use Vaseline on dual cam sway control (where bars sit in). It really quiets it down.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:31 PM   #4
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I keep a spray can of white lithium grease in the storage compartment of the camper. I spray that on the WD bars and the hitch ball.
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If the noise is coming from a trunion bar WDH, it is not supposed to be lubed. Some aluminum foil can be placed at the end of the bar but I just get used to the noise. Not really concerned if other drivers are looking.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:47 PM   #6
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General purpose marine grease. I have a bunch of it laying around from the old boat. It works well because it stays where you put it. Never had much luck with the spray lithium stuff around the hitch. I have used Vaseline on my friction sway bar perches. I let it ride for a while and wiped it off, now I have greatly diminished noise.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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Never had much luck with the spray lithium stuff around the hitch.
The spray lithium definitely doesn't seem to last. I doubt I get any more when I empty this can. Just can't seem to use it up! Taking a long time to empty it a couple squirts at a time.
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White lithium X2. Make sure to get tops and bottoms of WD bars... I was getting only tops and was hearing a nasty sound and realized I was missing the bottom contact points.
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If the noise is coming from a trunion bar WDH, it is not supposed to be lubed. Some aluminum foil can be placed at the end of the bar but I just get used to the noise. Not really concerned if other drivers are looking.
It is supposed to be lubricated. Per the Reese installation instructions:

"Lubricate the ballmount sockets and spring bar trunnions to prevent wear. When hooking-up, place one drop of oil on the top and a second drop on forward side of upper trunnion. Place a third drop on the rear side of lower trunnion before inserting trunnion into ballmount Use a heavy oil.........Trunnions should be lubricated every towing day........."
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I put a bit of heavy grease in the sockets 2+ years ago and it is still nicely lubed. Never makes a peep.
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