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Old 12-08-2014, 09:53 AM   #1
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WDH creaking and groaning

Is this normal? I have it set up as close to optimal as I can and TT pulls perfectly with no sway or bounce at all. However when turning it really creaks and groans. I don't really care because it pulls so well, but sometimes it is a little embarrassing pulling into places. Is this anything to worry about?
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:59 AM   #2
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What WDH ?? There are a few things you can do to lessen the noise, depending on the which WDH you are using.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:08 AM   #3
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Reese Pro Series with flat weight bars. I do use a VERY light coating of WD40 on the ball and a little spray white lithium grease on the weight bars. Setup looks like this below:
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:14 AM   #4
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If it were me, I would apply a liberal amount of wheel bearing grease to the large end of the bars and in their socket as well as the hitch ball and the sway bar balls and sockets. Spraying lithium on the chain links also reduces noise.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:18 AM   #5
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Wow, I did not realize that you could use that much grease on the hitch components. I guess that is makes sense though...."the squeaky wheel gets the grease"
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:35 AM   #6
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Just to be clear for anyone coming across this thread later - if your WDH includes friction points intended to reduce or eliminate sway (L brackets on a Equalizer or E2, or the cams on a Dual Cam, for example), those areas should NEVER be lubricated.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:56 AM   #7
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I have the same hitch, the noise is likely coming from the friction sway control. Loosen it up for testing, and I'll bet it disappears.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:34 AM   #8
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I agree with Landj, the noise is coming from your sway bar. It may be just a tad too tight but at least you know it is working. Do not put any lubricant on it!!
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:20 PM   #9
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Curious. I have moved the rig without the sway bar on and get the same noise so I am not sure that lightening it would help. At any rate I do not run it with it cranked all the way down anyways, and I would never lube the bar only the ball & socket joint. I guess I will have to experiment some more...
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Just to be clear for anyone coming across this thread later - if your WDH includes friction points intended to reduce or eliminate sway (L brackets on a Equalizer or E2, or the cams on a Dual Cam, for example), those areas should NEVER be lubricated.
Incorrect, at least for the Equal-i-zer hitch. Equal-i-zer advises to use a lubricant with their hitch to reduce noise. In fact, they sell a "high performance lubricant" in a small white tube. I apply bearing grease on the friction surfaces of the hitch head and use their "Sway Bracket Jackets" on the L brackets. It still moans some but not as bad as it did without any lubricant.
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