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Old 06-14-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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What are some of your thoughts on greasing the trailer hitch ball? Wal Mart used to sell a small plastic jar of grease for that purpose. Now I can't find it anymore.

It seems to me that one should use a bit of grease on the ball. What do you all think?

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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I always use whatever grease I have around the house. Even Vaseline would work. I don't think K-Y Jelly would, however,

That is why you need a ball cover for when you disconnect temorarily. An old tennis ball cut off works well, or you can spend money and buy a deer head, fish, etc. Even a paper cup should work, just something to protect your clothes.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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I always use whatever grease I have around the house. Even Vaseline would work. I don't think K-Y Jelly would, however,

That is why you need a ball cover for when you disconnect temorarily. An old tennis ball cut off works well, or you can spend money and buy a deer head, fish, etc. Even a paper cup should work, just something to protect your clothes.
Roger, you gave me a good chuckle. I wish I could come back with a variety of responses but maybe I'd better just move on.

I did find a small container of Extreme pressure water proof grease at Wally World and I'll just use that. ..............on the Hitch ball, right!

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:59 PM   #4
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What are some of your thoughts on greasing the trailer hitch ball?
I keep my ball dry.
[b]YMMV. I have never had a hitch problem in over 20,000 miles.
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My instruction manual for hitches says to use bearing grease on ball and also on weight distribution hitch where bars go into the block holding the ball.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:07 AM   #6
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i keep a can of spray lithium grease in the truck and spray it when i use it. works great and its somewhat waterproof.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:21 AM   #7
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When we first got our Escape--we hadn't greased the ball or the equalizer hitch post area---oh my I was driving and "creak/ groan" etc.. I thought we weren't hitched up properly and was all in a worry mode.....
We greased her up and the next trip was MUCH quieter... Also got a hitch ball cover from Princess Auto for cheap---saves dh pant legs!!!!!!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:34 AM   #9
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I think Kevin is on to something. I've heard using a clothes dryer softening sheet is supposed to work too.

Part of the question has to do with the coupler too. Now that the ball has been greased... that also greases the coupler. Where I live, there's a lot of swirling wind... imagine dust/dirt and bits of twigs and grass... that stuff gets up into the coupler and gets stuck in the grease! How to deal with that? Well, I don't. But one of these days the entire coupler is going to be upgraded to a 2" ball.... and I'd like to rethink the grease solution.....
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I think Kevin is on to something. I've heard using a clothes dryer softening sheet is supposed to work too.

Part of the question has to do with the coupler too. Now that the ball has been greased... that also greases the coupler. Where I live, there's a lot of swirling wind... imagine dust/dirt and bits of twigs and grass... that stuff gets up into the coupler and gets stuck in the grease! How to deal with that? Well, I don't. But one of these days the entire coupler is going to be upgraded to a 2" ball.... and I'd like to rethink the grease solution.....

WD-40 applied liberally effectively cleans the grease off and cleans up the coupler and spoon. FWIW, I use Reese ball grease. You can find it at most RV stores.

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I use a hitch grease now, but have used axle grease in the past.

Definitely clean your ball and hitch well every few days of towing. This is real important too, so that things don't gum up. A solvent like WD-40 like Roger mentioned works great for this. Get in and scrub the workings in the hitch good, then apply grease inside as well as a wee bit on the ball itself. I picked up a ball cover at Princess Auto like Anna-Marie suggested for a couple bucks, it fits snug and works great.
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I use a small amount of liquid hand soap. The first rain will wash it off so there is no need for a cover, even if it did get on clothes it is probably harmless. Seems to do the trick.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:00 AM   #14
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This is why I LOVE this forum! As a newbie to towing, I have been worrying about this especially since my coupler is old and rusty. I didn't ask the question because it seemed like a simple thing (that I should know, right?)

My brother told me to pour/squirt motor oil over and through the coupler mechanism. Will that work as well as grease? My coupler mechanism is very stiff with rust, the last time it was hitched, we had to pound on the latch to close it. What is the best way to loosen up the mechanism? WD-40?
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