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Old 06-26-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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lube for ball, coupler...

What do you guys use to lube the hitch ball and trailer coupler?

I was using the same grease I used to lube wheel bearings but was worried about the coupler collecting dirt

Also, is there a degreaser I could use on the coupler to clean it out some?

What lube do you use on the stabilizer threaded rods, again where dirt collection is an issue
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:59 PM   #2
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I used a little smear of grease or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the ball and white lithium spray on the coupling mechanism. I would periodically clean it all using brake or intake (carb) spray cleaner. Someone posted a while ago that "in the old days" using a sheet or two of waxed paper over the ball for lube was common. I've tried it an didn't see any problems but I prefer a "real" lubricant.
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:14 PM   #3
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I used a little smear of grease or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the ball and white lithium spray on the coupling mechanism. I would periodically clean it all using brake or intake (carb) spray cleaner. Someone posted a while ago that "in the old days" using a sheet or two of waxed paper over the ball for lube was common. I've tried it an didn't see any problems but I prefer a "real" lubricant.
I see little bits of compressed wax paper collecting over time..would prefer spray on lubricant for sure
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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What do you guys use to lube the hitch ball and trailer coupler?
The normal wheel bearing grease is more that adequate for the task.

I was using the same grease I used to lube wheel bearings but was worried about the coupler collecting dirt
Use it sparingly. Just a very thin film.

Also, is there a degreaser I could use on the coupler to clean it out some? Heat and vibration will do that quite well, thank you.

What lube do you use on the stabilizer threaded rods, again where dirt collection is an issue
Because I weld, brake cleaner is banned from my shop! (Google phosgene gas). A rag with a little mineral spirits or paint thinner will remove oil and grease quite effectively.

So grease the stabilizers freely, the gear-like joints as well as the threaded rod. When the grease becomes dried out, clean the parts with solvent & rag. Then re-grease.
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:27 PM   #5
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Clean it with brake clean. Never have put anything on the ball though.
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:01 PM   #6
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I lube with bearing grease about every 1500 miles. To clean, I just grab a shop rag, and wipe down the inside the coupler a few times and the ball. Then apply new grease only to the ball. I probably have only cleaned the coupler twice in 4 seasons with this unit. The coupler is not like wheel bearings, so a little dirt and grim is not going to shorten its life.
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I have an old can of white lithium grease that I lube the ball, the pivot points of the weight dist. arms, and the two little balls the anti-sway bar attaches to.
I wipe everything clean when I'm unhook the TT, except for the coupler. I've never wiped that out.

If the hitch parts have been laying around for a while since last used, I'll give them a quick wipedown to remove any dust before greasing her up again.

The nice thing about the lithium grease is that it's not as sticky as wheel bearing grease, but still does OK as a wipe-on lube.

I tried lubing the stabilizer screws with WD-40, but then the stabilizers wouldn't stay up. I'd crank them up to where they should be, and the weight of the TT frame caused them to spin back down on their own. I now just make sure the screws are clean. I'll oil the the stabilizer pivot points sometimes.
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Before hitching up at home, I give the ball a quick wipe, and a small coat of the grease the dealer gave us with the Equalizer hitch. Enough in the tube to last many years. I think someone makes special hitch ball lube, (Reese maybe?) but I don't know what's special about it.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:23 PM   #9
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I use the Reese "special" hitch ball lube and it quiets down my Equalizer Hitch. I suppose most lubes would also.
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