Hitch ball loosening after each trip

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  1. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Active Member

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    I've never greased a hitch ball.
    Never had one come loose either.

    But, correct drawbar, lock washer and tightened to spec, you should never have an issue with it.
     
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  2. emoney

    emoney Well-Known Member

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    The moral of this story I think is don’t get your attorney to install the hitch ball.
     
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  3. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    My balls, ahem, get run tight with an impact... have never had one come loose... have seen other people deal with this, however....
     
  4. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I can never get them off when I need to. This means that I collect Hitches.
     
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  5. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    Mine is this way... put mount in the hitch. but the ball in the hole. then at under the mount insert lock washer then nut. tighten it as hard as you can. If you have to, go nearby college and ask a football player do it for you.
     
  6. durhamcamper

    durhamcamper Active Member

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    I've never greased either.....don't want the mess when I contact it with my shin. I sometimes wonder if I should after reading on these forums but haven't gone as far as actually doing so. Would there be any wear caused without lubrication? I tighten with a large closed ended wrench while the drawbar is inserted in the receiver and it has been fine.
     
  7. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Just an idea, I looked at some hitches on Amazon. Some reviews said the nut was loose on there hitch. So it could be a manufacturing problum. Additionally , sometime you get a cheap kock off unit instead of what you purchase. I bought a oem jeep part. Looked and installed like an good part. The stainless steel screws rusted In a week.
     
  8. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

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    If you had ever been though an accident investigation with the involved manufactures and their attorneys present, you would know how important the details are. Example: torqued to 350 lbs and the torque wrench was recalibrated on ??. How much thread stretch is there? etc etc
     
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  9. WrkrBee

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    The majority of torque wrenches used are uncalibrated, especially home shops, but will still get you close. At work, the only ones that get calibrated are the ones used to set up the production process. I'll admit that I do not know what the calibration requirements are for a automotive / RV shop. An attorney can find something and manipulate data to prove their case.
     
  10. Fbird

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    Maybe I'm in the minority but I have my tirtor wrench checked every 6 months. The old click type typically had to be sent out about 1.5 to 2 years, my digital ones are still true after 4 years. I'm just a mechanic, I take pride in my work and I like to do things once. My tool dealer checks them for free, sends them out if necessary so I'll have a certificate of accuracy
     
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  11. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

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    My torque wrench ifs from Harbor freight, it must be accurate.
     
  12. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    lock washer may have gone bad.
     
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  13. Matt Benoit

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    Make sure too check the expiration date! Lmfao
     
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  14. Fbird

    Fbird Active Member

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    You laugh, but they can only be reused so many times. When you loosen the nut and it doesn't decompress much it's time to replace it.if they be are old and rusty and it's easy to compress it's time to replace it. Severely over tightening can weaken the lock nut, however at that point the ball is going to snap or it's so tight you probably won't be able to remove it.
     
  15. Matt Benoit

    Matt Benoit Active Member

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    I was making a joke.
     
  16. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    hahahahha
     
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  17. Fbird

    Fbird Active Member

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    I know, but that doesn't mean there's not some truth to what Halford said.
     

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