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Old 01-21-2014, 01:40 PM   #11
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Poly disc on the pin. White lithium grease on the jaws and other moving parts.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:39 PM   #12
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I use a white poly disc on the pin, and TriFlow (telfon) spray on the jaws and other moving parts of the hitch. I can't get the white lube into all the needed places, but the teflon spray gets in there just fine.
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The use of the poly pad is exactly what is supposed to be used, as far as the locking jaws, a silicone/teflon spray would keep a film on the pin and if grease were to be used, it would collect dirt/dust debris which would cause premature wear! I was a Caterpillar mechanic and lot of the wear strips on like motor grader blades and the circle gear ring in excavators were recomended dry just because of the grease collecting dirt and dust which caused premature wear and failure of the parts!!! Its just makes since that anything with grease on it, dirt and dust debris will stick to it!!! Make your own choice but for me, I use silicon/teflon spray to coat the pin with a film that keeps it slippery yet allows nothing to stick to it!!! Just test the spray on your finger in the morning, you will feel the film still on your finger late the same night.
try the same with WD-40 and it actually evaporates with time, silicon/teflon doesn't!!!
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The use of the poly pad is exactly what is supposed to be used, as far as the locking jaws, a silicone/teflon spray would keep a film on the pin and if grease were to be used, it would collect dirt/dust debris which would cause premature wear! I was a Caterpillar mechanic and lot of the wear strips on like motor grader blades and the circle gear ring in excavators were recomended dry just because of the grease collecting dirt and dust which caused premature wear and failure of the parts!!! Its just makes since that anything with grease on it, dirt and dust debris will stick to it!!! Make your own choice but for me, I use silicon/teflon spray to coat the pin with a film that keeps it slippery yet allows nothing to stick to it!!! Just test the spray on your finger in the morning, you will feel the film still on your finger late the same night.
try the same with WD-40 and it actually evaporates with time, silicon/teflon doesn't!!!
Thanks for the info...never too old to learn!
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This is exactly what I do...
Same here. Spray it every trip.

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Old 02-21-2014, 05:28 PM   #16
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12" poly disk and spray lithium grease on all of the moving parts. Depending on the size of the hitch, that usually determines what size poly disc to use.

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Old 02-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #17
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as far as the locking jaws, a silicone/teflon spray would keep a film on the pin and if grease were to be used, it would collect dirt/dust debris which would cause premature wear!
I switched to the silicone spray and like it much better than the Lithium grease. You're right it doesn't build up like the Lithium.
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Silicon spray on moving parts.
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