Originally Posted by mjgrap
Thanks for your thoughts. Yes have been in regular contact with Reese. They say the only maintenance is to keep the bolts tight. There has always been appropriate levels of grease every time we have had to replace bolts (every year when they break- areas are regreased at that time). Reese says there is no reason to disassemble to apply grease. And yes we can manually turn the hitch. So still not sure what is happening here!
I agree, makes no sense. Also makes no sense that Reese won't offer any better help on broken bolts with such small amount of torque. Seems serious to me.
When I talked to Reese techs about maint, they said to disassemble to clean and grease
I don't care what they say, if you don't at least partially disassemble, you can't fully clean and regrease the turret bearing and bottom bearing. And at some point, it will start to make noise when turning.
So, in my opinion, either your bearings are worn so much that the turret has lots of play, which tilts the turret enough to stress the top cap bolts,
The turret assembly has a defect from the factory and is not aligned correctly.
When hooked up, is the kingpin arm parallel to the bottom of the turret box, or is the the arm closer in the front than the back (tilted up at the front)?
Are your bolts all grade 8?
Does your bottom square bearing look like the one in the rebuild kit? The hole should be offset, as in more bearing toward the front than the back.
When I first got my Sidewinder and installed it, it had a square bearing with the hole in the middle. This allowed the extended kingpin arm to tilt up slightly when hooked up. I sent them a picture as it bothered me, and they sent me a bearing that looks like the one in the rebuild kit. No more tilt.
Sorry if I'm being a pain, but I would really like to know what is wrong!
But at least it isn't an issue that will be a safety hazard. The worst that could happen is when you unhook, the kingpin arm would fall out (if all the bolts were broken).