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Old 02-12-2013, 10:49 AM   #11
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I don't grease the connecting points of the anti-sway bar, never gave those points much thought. I use a wire brush on the slide to keep it clean and tighten it for expwy driving.
This is correct for anti-sway bars. You don't grease them and should keep 'em clean.

As for the sound when going straight... I'm out of ideas. Good luck!
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
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This is correct for anti-sway bars. You don't grease them and should keep 'em clean.

As for the sound when going straight... I'm out of ideas. Good luck!
You are 1/2 correct,the ball sockets on each end should be lubed! Youroo!!
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You are 1/2 correct,the ball sockets on each end should be lubed! Youroo!!
Good point and I agree!
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #14
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Ah ha! Yes, there is some play between the receiver and the bar! Never gave that a thought! Regardless of what your wife says, you really are a help! Thanks. I'll go find a wedge thingy.
Just out of curiosity, what is the tow rating for your MDX?

I think you are most likely on the right track that the hitch is moving inside the receiver. However, you should pay particular attention to your receiver and make sure there is no damage.

Finally, as Herk suggested, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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According to the manual, the towing capy is 5K. However, a mechanic told me it was good for 7K. I think our TT comes at the low 4K. No, we haven't weighed it loaded. But next trip out, I'll stop at a local granite quarry and ask if they'd be so kind.
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According to the manual, the towing capy is 5K. However, a mechanic told me it was good for 7K.
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According to the manual, the towing capy is 5K. However, a mechanic told me it was good for 7K.
I am guessing his shop is looking for work, or he could use the overtime pay.
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Towing capy

The mech who told me about the 5K vs 7K is an independent mech. His business is mostly minor repairs, tires etc.
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The mech who told me about the 5K vs 7K is an independent mech. His business is mostly minor repairs, tires etc.
Not to disparage your mechanic, but what proof did he offer that it is OK to ignore a manufacturer's limit?
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According to the manual, the towing capy is 5K. However, a mechanic told me it was good for 7K. I think our TT comes at the low 4K. No, we haven't weighed it loaded. But next trip out, I'll stop at a local granite quarry and ask if they'd be so kind.

Unless one of Acura's engineers in Tokyo appears on your doorstep and tells you that, I would treat it like a political commercial, 1% truth, 99% used car salesman BS. I am slightly less diplomatic than Herk...

Getting back to your MDX - you really need to find a CAT scale at a truck stop. Watch this video for the how to weigh:


It will give you the weight on your front (steer) axle, rear (drive) axle and also the trailer axles. Best $10 you will ever spend, I promise. Then take it back across and un-hook the trailer on the trailer pad, to get your unhooked and true trailer weights. This will also allow you to figure your tongue weight. All that for $1 more!

Come back with those numbers and the guys here can tell you a number of things.
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