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Old 04-30-2015, 03:52 PM   #11
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Or you can be picky and go to Amazon and order Towpower Hitch Ball Lube by Reese about $12.00.....
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:42 AM   #12
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You can get tubs of grease at most auto parts and farm supply stores - basically looks sort of like a small coffee can - peel the lid off and there you go...
We stopped at an AutoZone store and bought some general purpose wheel bearing/chassis grease made by Valvoline.

I don't believe the type of grease is important other than it be heavy enough to do the job under prolonged high pressure. Wd40 or silicone sprays would wear off in minutes. Grease rated for wheel bearings is perfect.

We'll apply a bit of grease wherever there's metal to metal contact and movement. That means the receiver ball and the spring bars on our trunnion-style WD hitch where they insert into the head under the ball. Also the balls where the sway bar attaches but *not* the sway bar itself.

I know it will be messy. Looks great on my clothes haha! But I think it will pay off in quieter, safer towing and longer-lasting hitch parts.

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:49 AM   #13
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For something like hitches, the fact it has lube is more important that what brand/type/color of grease it is. I prefer the waterproof marine style when I can find it. Around here just about everything it geared towards trucks and tractors, leftovers get used on the trailers and bicycles.

I have several old Raleigh 3 speeds that have the oil bath hubs, I caught grief from some purists for using Rotella 5w-40 diesel oil in the hubs. But when you buy by the 55 gallon drum you run what ya brung.

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