If you are an occasional RVer, then you probably pay very less attention to your hitch. However, for your own safety, it is really important that you take into consideration the maintenance of your hitch. You may never know when you encounter a stuck release and end up stranded in the middle of the highway with no idea what to do.
Remember that every mechanical part on your car needs to be maintained in order for it to work efficiently, and a hitch is no exception. Hitches have a locking mechanism of their own that is designed to prevent the pin, which holds your towing vehicle and trailer together, from sliding out when the car is being driven. This locking mechanism needs proper lubrication every now and then to work effectively.
If you take proper care of your towing hitch, you would be able to extend its life and ensure that you and your car are safe on the road.
Here are some essentials of hitch maintenance that you can’t afford to miss:
Hitch maintenance begins before it is actually installed on your car. Therefore, you must make it your habit to inspect it whenever you take it out to install it on your towing vehicle.
The first thing you must look for are any damaged or broken parts. There are many things on your hitch which can be damaged when used roughly.
The second thing you must ensure that all the bolts and nuts of the hitch are not loose. You can take your torque wrench to check whether all the parts are indeed tight enough to not cause any sort of problem.
The last thing you should check for is lubrication of moving parts. Re-lube any parts you think require lubrication.
For safety purposes, always check the braking function of your trailer when attaching it to the towing vehicle. Look for any part that is worn out or looks defective. This will ensure that there are no risks involved in attaching your trailer to your towing vehicle.
There is certain protocol you should follow when lubricating the hitch. Regardless of the hitch you are using, you should be paying special attention to the pin and the jaws.
You can use any type of grease for lubrication, but you should be careful when using it on the polyurethane bushings as it can tend to the damage it. You can use white lithium grease on the polyurethane, as it is generally considered as polyurethane-friendly.
Thoroughly clean the hitch with a dry cloth before applying any grease to the surface. You can use your fingers or a cloth to apply grease on the hitch. Apply a thin layer of grease on the required surface. Then move onto the jaws and the pin and apply another thin layer. Be watchful if the jaws of the hitch are camera-operated, as they would contain springs and there is risk of damaging them when you are applying the grease.