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Posted: 05/26/13 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What do you think about using white lithium spray grease for the hitch ball and the spring bars? I've got the spray handy and don't want to open a whole tube of grease for this small job. Thanks.

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I have pulled trailers for many years and never greased the ball, but if that's what makes you feel better why not put a piece of waxed paper over the ball before hitching. This way your wife wont have to wash the grease from your clothes.

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Robby9 wrote:

What do you think about using white lithium spray grease for the hitch ball and the spring bars? I've got the spray handy and don't want to open a whole tube of grease for this small job. Thanks.


It should be fine. An EP (extreme pressure) grease would be be best, but any grease is better than nothing.





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I too have never put anything on my ball.

You could put it in the ball but I would not put it on the bars. That stuff gets like glue when it dries out. I learn the hard way when I used it on my tool box slides.


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Lynnmor wrote:

Robby9 wrote:

What do you think about using white lithium spray grease for the hitch ball and the spring bars? I've got the spray handy and don't want to open a whole tube of grease for this small job. Thanks.


It should be fine. An EP (extreme pressure) grease would be be best, but any grease is better than nothing.


Apparently Reese sells an EP product with Teflon. Comes in a toothpaste tube. Over time is saturates the metal so less is required each use. I'm going to get some for the ball/coupler and spring bar pressure points.

I use Fluid Film for everything else.


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Posted: 05/26/13 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've read a number of items to address ball gall. Some use waxed paper, others use a lithium grease. Still others just don't bother.

Pretty much any lubricant that is tenacious should do the job.

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What I have noticed is that as my TTs have gotten heavier over the years, is that grease becomes more necessary. A 14K ball isn't all that cheap, so I grease it. I use wheel bearing grease and a disposable rubber glove. Works well.


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Posted: 05/26/13 02:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used white lithium for thousands of miles when I had my tt's. Worked fine for me.


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I use a little silicon grease once a year and it seems to last all year. I just happen to have a tube is why I started using it instead of something else. I also pull my receiver when ever I a hook the trailer and then put a plastic bag over the end and drop it in a denim bag for storage behind the seat.

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The Reese grease in a tube sounds convenient to keep in the TT tool box. I'll look for some.

If I don't keep the weight bars lubed they squeak and groan and are generally annoying.

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