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Old 03-09-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hensley help!

We are full-time and have towed for five years with a 2003 Hensley 1000 lbs. One of the zerk nipples has sheared off so we have to replace it. The hitch still works. So we have talked to Hensley and can get the part but we are average mechanical.

We are now in Georgetown, TX and looking for some maintenance on our hitch. It does not have to be in this area of TX or maybe NM where we are going next. I am a hands on person and just do not know how to fix this..afraid to just take it apart.

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I assume it is the spring loaded nipple on the inner end of the zerk fitting, right? That is a consumable maintenance item. Replace both and carry a spare. Loosen the lock nut and screw the whole assembly out. Thread the new one in, while holding the spring bar in its bushing. Keep screwing the retainer body in until the nipple is engaged in the slot in the spring bar. Lift the Jack end of the spring bar and continue to screw the retainer body in until the threaded body bottoms out against the spring bar. Back the body out about 1 to 1.5 turns and lock the jamb nut down. Grease 'er up and carry on.
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Ours is off on the outside and having a hard time understanding..will read a few more times.
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Off on the outside? Don't know what you mean. Picture?
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:16 PM   #6
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So the zerk just snapped Off? That's very odd.
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Campers Clinic II just dropped our trailer on its spring bars and said someone went over our hitch and it was fine ..now we have this.
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Loosen the nut on the zerk fitting. Go to Home Depot and get a bolt extraction tool like this https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-Sc...215/203598110.. Follow the instructions on the extractor kit to remove the zerk fitting. Put in a new one.
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Um, the whole fitting was $16 last time I bought them. Probably not worth messing with, since OP said they are quit old and presumably a lot of miles. At 14 years, it probably due for a teardown and full maintenance.
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Campers Clinic II just dropped our trailer on its spring bars and said someone went over our hitch and it was fine ..now we have this.
Oh yeah, I read that. Bet they hit it. Grease zerks just don't break by themselves.
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Where?
From Hensley, but that was in 2011 or 2012.
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Would you just buy another brand new?
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