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Old 03-02-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Lube for the hitch ball and coupler

Does anyone lube the hitch ball when towing a trailer? I have hear good and bad, just wondering what the majority does and why.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:13 PM   #2
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I would just put a teaspoon of axle grease on top of the ball for long range towing (200+miles one way).


You can clean it up with carb cleaner to keep dust and other junk from sticking when your not towing.
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I just put a little on top of the ball maybe once twice a year. Usally cuz it looked rusty and why not. I am sure it dont hurt anything and may even help little on the turns with the friction and such.
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I lube it when I use it , wipe it off when done. Never seen wear on the top of the ball. I have on sides or radius of the ball. Thus I do the whole ball.
A old-timer at the cc I go to told me towing without lube made his ball come loose.
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Wheel bearing grease. Mine is WAY to noisy without it.
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Vaseline on your balls is a clean lube to apply and easy to wipe off after use. Wheel bearing grease or Anti-sieze is very hard to remove after use! Vaseline applied to Dual cams lessens wear also! Youroo!!
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Yes I did, but ever time I hooked up I would wipe the ball and coupler off and re apply a small amount each time.
Dirt will collect in the grease so it needs to be removed.
The type of grease I use is synthetic Exxon polyrex.
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Vaseline on your balls is a clean lube to apply and easy to wipe off after use. Wheel bearing grease or Anti-sieze is very hard to remove after use! Vaseline applied to Dual cams lessens wear also! Youroo!!
X2 on using Vaseline. Easy to clean off and re-apply. Senseless to lube the top of the ball as they are flat. Just as easy to clean the inside of the hitch socket and apply the Vaseline all around the inside the socket.
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