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Old 02-20-2019, 11:05 AM   #1
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Lubricant Suggestions For Hitch Ball?

Just got a new hitch in January. Towed my trailer a few times without any lube/grease and it towed fine. It was a little rough to put on and take off the ball from the tongue because of the lack of lubrication, so I added some white lithium grease.

Now that I have done that it is much easier to attach and detach, however when I tow the trailer now it makes an insane amount of noise every time I take a turn. It's a super loud creaking noise. It doesn't really make sense to me that adding lubrication would cause that noise, but that is the only thing that is different with my rig now.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to what different type of lube/grease that I can add to the hitch ball other than white lithium grease? Or perhaps it's not the grease at all that is causing this noise and it might be something else?

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Just got a new hitch in January. Towed my trailer a few times without any lube/grease and it towed fine. It was a little rough to put on and take off the ball from the tongue because of the lack of lubrication, so I added some white lithium grease.

Now that I have done that it is much easier to attach and detach, however when I tow the trailer now it makes an insane amount of noise every time I take a turn. It's a super loud creaking noise. It doesn't really make sense to me that adding lubrication would cause that noise, but that is the only thing that is different with my rig now.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to what different type of lube/grease that I can add to the hitch ball other than white lithium grease? Or perhaps it's not the grease at all that is causing this noise and it might be something else?

Thanks!
Noise is prob not from the lack of grease, but on/off is where it shines.

I use any good Marine grade WELL BEARING grease, buy a can and keep it in your box along with some latex gloves to smear it on...
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:10 AM   #3
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I think the device making the noise is your anti-sway bar. They always make the exact noise you're describing.
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I think the device making the noise is your anti-sway bar. They always make the exact noise you're describing.
They certainly can if that is the case one may want to replace or lube the rubber mounts.

That said:

If you can't remove them easily the shoot WD 40 on and in and around them.

If you can remove them you can replace, they are cheap and you can pick from a rubber or a Poly, either one works.

If they are not deformed or torn, then wash them by spraying with WD 40 and replace them.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:37 AM   #5
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I think the device making the noise is your anti-sway bar. They always make the exact noise you're describing.
I thought maybe that was the case, however I wonder why it wasn't doing that before I applied the grease. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to cut down on that noise from the sway bars?
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I really don't have any experience with them as I don't use one or a WDH on our rig.

17Oaks listed some things you can do in his post up above.
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What WDH are you using? Some can be very noisy if not properly adjusted.
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What WDH are you using? Some can be very noisy if not properly adjusted.
What is WDH?
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weight distribution hitch, i have an E2 hitch with trunnion bars that sit in Lbrackets on trailer. Make a lot of racket when turning. The manual shows a couple grease spots, but those are at the head, not at the friction points which help control sway.
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What is WDH?
WDH weight distribution hitch. Pretty much required if your TW (tongue weight) is over 500 lbs, especially on 1/2 ton trucks. Used to transfer weight from the TV (tow vehicle) rear axle to the front. Insufficient weight on the front axle is extremely dangerous - you loose steering control and braking. You can see the issue on badly loaded TVs - the rear of the TV sags when loaded.
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BTW, check the instructions that came with your hitch. Putting grease on the friction surfaces of a friction sway control device makes them worthless.
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WDH weight distribution hitch. Pretty much required if your TW (tongue weight) is over 500 lbs, especially on 1/2 ton trucks. Used to transfer weight from the TV (tow vehicle) rear axle to the front. Insufficient weight on the front axle is extremely dangerous - you loose steering control and braking. You can see the issue on badly loaded TVs - the rear of the TV sags when loaded.
Ahh, got it. Yes I have a Weight distribution hitch. It's an "all-in-one" system. That is to say that it is both a WDH and an anti-sway system. Not sure of the brand. The dealership installed and adjusted.

The weird thing is that it didn't make that noise at all, then the first time I put grease on the hitch ball it started creaking like crazy. If I can put lube or grease somewhere on the WDH to lessen or get rid of the noise then I will. I can talk to the dealer and see what they suggest.

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ball grease

I know Reese and other hitch Mfr's sell a little jar of grease for the ball.

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Noise is prob not from the lack of grease, but on/off is where it shines.

I use any good Marine grade WELL BEARING grease, buy a can and keep it in your box along with some latex gloves to smear it on...
X2 for MARINE wheel bearing grease. god help you if you get it on you or your clothes though. someone makes a hitch ball grease, but i prefer the marine stuff.
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Ahh, got it. Yes I have a Weight distribution hitch. It's an "all-in-one" system.

The weird thing is that it didn't make that noise at all, then the first time I put grease on the hitch ball it started creaking like crazy. If I can put lube or grease somewhere on the WDH to lessen or get rid of the noise then I will. I can talk to the dealer and see what they suggest.

Thanks!
WDH is not necessarily an all in one system, though most are. You can do WD without sway control. On my Propride hitch, the WD and sway systems are totally independent. I could run with zero WD if I wanted to. It's my understanding that some hitches require WD enabled to have sway control.



Thinking about it, noise starting at that point could just be coincidence. The metal surfaces polished enough during initial use that then you added grease to the ball and the next outing got noise. You could have gotten a bit of oxidation on the polished metal during your lay-over that caused it, hard to tell.
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Really, any grease that you can obtain locally for a good price... ie... WalMart... will get the job done on the hitch ball. It is not a "high performance" application.
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You could have gotten a bit of oxidation on the polished metal during your lay-over that caused it, hard to tell.

That would be my first inclination as to why you now have noise as well.
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Thinking about it, noise starting at that point could just be coincidence. The metal surfaces polished enough during initial use that then you added grease to the ball and the next outing got noise. You could have gotten a bit of oxidation on the polished metal during your lay-over that caused it, hard to tell.
The more I read the responses in here, the more I think you are probably right. Thanks again.
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If you can post a picture of your WDH we'll be able to speak to the possibility of that causing some noise. Its very common for the Equal-i-zer brand 4 pt hitch to be noisy but it can be minimized.

As for the hitch ball, I've always just used Vaseline.
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What is WDH?
WDH = Weight Distribution Hitch.
TV = Tow Vehicle (what truck you're towing with).
TT = Travel Trailer


I've got some very old, very thick, bearing grease...at least 30 years old. Heat has very little effect on it now and when I put some on....it stays there...for a long time.
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