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Old 12-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Squeaky towing sounds

While driving home from New Mexico, it seems that the squeaky noises from the towing hook have increased. Especially while driving slowly.

Is there anything I can try to minimize the squeaks?
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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It probably a hitchhiking prairie dog.

Have you tried a little lubrication on the ball, coupler and other parts subject to friction?

Of course the gopher may initially squeek more.
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I hope that the ball is lubricated on your tow hitch and everything that has a bolt and not is still tight. If it is then I'd be looking for something rubbing that should not be, or a bearing going bad somewhere on one of the trailer wheels.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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What kind of hitch do you have?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:33 PM   #5
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This is our hitch. I haven't lubricated anything in this area since we bought it two months ago (and used every weekend since then).

I suspect the sound comes from this area and not the wheels.

Can I simply spray lubricant on the ball and inside the coupler?
Both look very dry.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #6
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Does it squeak in turns or straight ahead, or both?

Do you use the friction sway bar attachment?

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:36 PM   #7
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We notice it when driving slowly and more squeaky while turning or driving on a dirt road.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:48 PM   #8
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You will want to lubricate the ball as well as where the spring bars meet with the hitch. The spring bars need to rotate when you turn the rig. As there a significant amount of force being applied in the area, lubrication is required so that it reduced wear (and squeak).

Do you have an owners manual for the hitch? If not, you can likely get one on line from the manufacturer. Have a look through for maintenance requirements.
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This is our hitch. I haven't lubricated anything in this area since we bought it two months ago (and used every weekend since then).

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Axle grease on the ball.....you did do that, huh? NO lubricant on the sway bar. If that's what's squeeking....that's GOGD.

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Axle grease on the ball.....you did do that, huh? NO lubricant on the sway bar. If that's what's squeeking....that's GOGD.

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Check the manual for your hitch. The Equal-i-zer hitch that we had on our SOB suggested lubrication on the spring bars (that were also the sway bars)
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According to the AS manual, we need to apply hitch ball lube or wheel bearing grease on the hitch and leveling bars.

I guess I can find that at Autozone.
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I have a Reese hitch. It suggests Vaseline on the ball and a couple drops of utility oil where the bars insert into the hitch. There is a small hole above each arm socket to apply the oil.
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Squeaks?....how 'bout breakaway switch?

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This is our hitch. I haven't lubricated anything in this area since we bought it two months ago (and used every weekend since then).

I suspect the sound comes from this area and not the wheels.

Can I simply spray lubricant on the ball and inside the coupler?
Both look very dry.

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You should lube the ball and the head where the sway bars go into by the ball so they can pivot. Reese has oil holes on the top so you can drop some in but simply wiping the sway bars works just as well to lube the pivots.
The nuts look ok but be sure they are tight. Don't belive I've seen so much wiring coiled on a trailer tongue, you may want that looked at as well to clean that up.
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