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Offline texanx5

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do you lube your hitch ball for your mobile rig?
« on: September 07, 2007, 10:17:22 PM »
I've not these first few hundred miles but in the past on all trailers always wiped a little grease on the ball before towing. Several guys tell me this is totally unnecessary and silly, but IMO anything to help cut a little friction must be good.  What is the norm or recommendation?

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Re: do you lube your hitch ball for your mobile rig?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2007, 06:27:42 AM »
I often squirt a little WD40 on the ball and the trailer coupler.  Same reason you say and also to keep it from rusting.  Rust can cause problems in the coupler no matter what type:  Fulton, Bulldog, etc.  The spray washes out rust contaminants and cleans it up.
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Re: do you lube your hitch ball for your mobile rig?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2007, 06:33:56 AM »
Glad to know I'm not missing something. I've usually sprayed something like wd-40 on coulper part and often a small squirt of lithium or other grease on the knob itself. I've not seen the dust magnet issues others describe, but if one added a lot I suspect that would occur.  Think I'll continue what I'm doing. {yes]%3

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Re: do you lube your hitch ball for your mobile rig?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 08:05:01 PM »
I will on occasion spray some WD-40 on the coupler mechanism to keep it working smoothly and that's it.  If the ball starts to wear I'll spend the $10.00 for a new one and that $10.00 is worth not having that messy ball getting everyones clothes full of grease.
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