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Old 06-22-2015, 01:06 PM   #673
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Just got back from a trip to Utah, about 3000 mile round trip.

My hitch was very noisy the last few days. I was able to stay at campsites on the way back without unhitching.

After unhitching at home I decided to remove the arm couplers from the head, clean them and lubricate the faces these couplers slide against.

I notice one of my arm retaining pins was bent at the end but not at the head end of the pin. The other was starting to bend. I was able to straighten them with a hammer on my vice.

Is this normal for the retaining pins in the head to slowly bend?

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Old 06-22-2015, 03:21 PM   #674
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Hi, in over ten years of use and an unknown tens of thousands of miles, I have not bent or worn out any part of my hitch. But I take my hitch head apart, clean and grease my spring bar sockets, at the start of every trip and randomly on long trips. Maybe a dry socket caused pressure on the pins?????
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #675
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Here is a photo. I plan to replace.

After owning the Equalizer for two years I'm not liking it much anymore. I went out 2 weeks ago and it was quiet and returned with a grinding, noisy contraption. I lubed all parts before leaving on my trip.

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Old 06-22-2015, 08:52 PM   #676
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Here is a photo. I plan to replace.

After owning the Equalizer for two years I'm not liking it much anymore. I went out 2 weeks ago and it was quiet and returned with a grinding, noisy contraption. I lubed all parts before leaving on my trip.

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I think you should email Equalizer support. They can probably tell you what the problem is. As far as the noise goes, Equalizer hitches work on friction, metal to metal, for sway control. They say if you lube them you lose the friction and the sway control won't be as strong. They sell plastic/nylon covers for the L-brackets, which act as a lube and quietens some of the noise. I am tired of getting grease all over me so I'm going to try a pair of those and get rid of the grease.

Just go to the Equalizer web site and look for the support link. Email them the picture you posted here and see what they say.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:30 PM   #677
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I have never been able to tow for more than a few days without refreshing lube at the pivot points in the hitch head. Otherwise, the zombies start groaning again. No big deal, I just apply grease as needed and keep on towing.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:23 PM   #678
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The square sockets that receive the bars are not a very close fit. There is a lot of play. I'm wondering if the loose play causes the bars to move against the pins and apply pressure to them during rough stretches of highways.

I do have the Bracket Jackets but while it helps a little there is still a lot of noise from the head when the square sockets rub on the head facings as the lube diminishes. I use a tube of silicon paste on the head but nothing on the L brackets and pins. I torque the sockets down to 45 ft/lbs.

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Are the sockets torqued to the recommended 45 ft. lbs. of torque?
A couple of days without lube and the Edmund Fitzgerald breaks deep and takes on water again.


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I think you should email Equalizer support. They can probably tell you what the problem is. As far as the noise goes, Equalizer hitches work on friction, metal to metal, for sway control. They say if you lube them you lose the friction and the sway control won't be as strong. They sell plastic/nylon covers for the L-brackets, which act as a lube and quietens some of the noise. I am tired of getting grease all over me so I'm going to try a pair of those and get rid of the grease.

Just go to the Equalizer web site and look for the support link. Email them the picture you posted here and see what they say.
I tried the rubber L-bracket covers. The handling was not as predicable. I lightly lubed the spring bars on the hitch head end. That went far in reducing noise but did not negatively effect handling.
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I tried the rubber L-bracket covers. The handling was not as predicable. I lightly lubed the spring bars on the hitch head end. That went far in reducing noise but did not negatively effect handling.
I've ordered the L bracket covers, I'm tired of the grease. It's been a week and Equalizer says my order is "pending". Well, if they ever get here, I'll give them a shot. Until then, I carry a can of wheel bearing grease.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:28 AM   #682
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I tend to clean and re-grease mine every two or three of trips. The hitch head grease seems to quickly squeeze out and dry up leading to some noise. Not noticed any excessive wear since I started on this maintenance routine. The Teflon L bracket covers help a lot in keeping noise down on that part of the hitch. Not had any bent pin issues. Haven't taken any really long trips. If I did I'd probably add more grease to the hitch head sockets now and then to keep it lubed and quiet.
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Help please. Pivots are getting harder and harder to move in and out. Have lubed them everywhere. Thoughts please? I have to use a dead blow hammer to position them. Thanks.
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Hmm...
If red bearing grease won't free them up...
Have you checked torque? It's like they're too tight or bent.


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Help please. Pivots are getting harder and harder to move in and out. Have lubed them everywhere. Thoughts please? I have to use a dead blow hammer to position them. Thanks.
You are probably overdue for a total cleaning. Get put your tools and take the entire hitch apart, especially the moving parts. WD40 is a good solvent. Use lots of paper towels and lots of WD40 to clean. Clean the bolts the nuts the main hitch head inside and out. Clean the square bar sockets. When all is very clean and dry then grease the inside of the hitch head. All the shiny areas. Torque the bolts holding the short moving square bar sockets to 45 lbs.
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Thanks. It's only a few months old. I'll take it apart and see what's going on.
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