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Old 06-04-2015, 08:40 PM   #1
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Old cathedral door opening sound.

it would seem that I need to start lubricating the ball. When I turn into an area at low speed I am getting the old wooden creaking door sound. What lubrication grease do I need to use. It had a load on it when I started but has now diminished, messy bloody stuff. So what kind do I need to slap on there chaps.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:49 PM   #2
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That info would be located in the "lube my balls thread" ;o);o) honest not trying to be cheeky. Someone will post some actual lube info.;o)
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:17 PM   #3
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Just slather some wheel bearing grease, or white lithium grease, on the ball. Whichever you use, clean the old stuff off before applying.
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Here is the latest "grease your balls" thread... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ar-129890.html
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it would seem that I need to start lubricating the ball. When I turn into an area at low speed I am getting the old wooden creaking door sound. What lubrication grease do I need to use. It had a load on it when I started but has now diminished, messy bloody stuff. So what kind do I need to slap on there chaps.

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Are you using a weight distribution hitch? Creaking is common in these systems thus requiring lubrication on the pivot points as well as the ball.
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it would seem that I need to start lubricating the ball. When I turn into an area at low speed I am getting the old wooden creaking door sound. What lubrication grease do I need to use. It had a load on it when I started but has now diminished, messy bloody stuff. So what kind do I need to slap on there chaps.
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Old cathedral door? My back door at the house sounds like that.
I always liked the reference to the wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald or Titanic sinking.
What type of hitch?
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It is an Equal-I-zer. I have read the thread Steve, well some of it, thank you for sending it.
I bought a can of the Airstream grey paint earlier this year. Had some rust around the top of the ball housing, cleaned it all up and re painted. Looks like brand new again.
So I shall go and purchase myself some grease and figure a way of covering the ball up when not in use.
Thanks for the help chaps.
We just got a Mercedes ML350 Bluetec this week and I am obviously going to be adjusting the ball height as soon as we pick it up. My Tahoe is a lot higher than the Merc hitch. I have a huge socket wrench but not the socket, another purchase needs to be made.
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Creaking Door

Having towed with an Equal-i-zer in the past, my guess is the sound you are hearing are the bars rubbing against the L-brackets. The metal to metal contact (according to the manufacturer) is the sound of the anti-sway working. You just don't hear it at speed and you aren't making sharp turns so it doesn't sustain the "creaking door" sound.
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Get Sway Jacket Brackets for the L-brackets. Then, grease the hitch head and ball liberally. Re-grease after every trip. No more wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
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Cheap Ball Cover

I get a jug of milk at McDonald's with breakfast, toss the lid, slit one side of the jug and remove the label. Put a little wheel bearing grease in the bottom of the jug and put it upside down on the ball when not in use. Also makes a good white target while backing to hook up. Not to mention more visible than a black one and saves on the ol' shinny shin shins.
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