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Posted: 12/11/19 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I Bought this ball hitch less than three months ago and it’s only sparingly used. But I wonder why this got Rusty here pretty quick. It’s even rated 30,000 pounds


Anyone experience this?

Is it still safe to use?


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Posted: 12/11/19 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No problem. If you keep a little grease on it that won't happen, but it's not going to affect the performance of the ball.


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Posted: 12/11/19 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gotta grease your balls - especially if they aren't being used. Just sayin..

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Posted: 12/11/19 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The ball appears to be pitted around some of the rust. I doubt whether the ball is hardened enough for a rating of 30,000, more like 3,000. It could have been caused by chemical such as salt or other deicing chemicals.
Make and shaft diameter of ball?


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Where did you buy this ball? I would take it back immediately..

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enblethen wrote:

The ball appears to be pitted around some of the rust. I doubt whether the ball is hardened enough for a rating of 30,000, more like 3,000. It could have been caused by chemical such as salt or other deicing chemicals.
Make and shaft diameter of ball?

I agree, it is likely a cheap offshore knockoff. I would not use it.

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Rust isn't a sign of inferior metal. Quite the contrary - ever notice bank vault doors have protective shields over the surface? That's because a finger print will cause almost immediate rust on the surface of the hardened metal. Or how fast high end brake rotors rust?
I would (and do) leave a film of grease over the ball to keep it front rusting or wearing excessively into the tongue.


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Posted: 12/11/19 10:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's a CURT 2 5/16" 30K rated Ball with a VERY POOr inferior chrome plating job
plating has flaked off even on no contact syrfaces

Rust not a big issue.....pitting is and will only get worse

If purchased at a STORE----return it
If purchased ON LINE.contact CURT---explain time frame and send pictures
Bet CURT would be interested in defective plating


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Curt. Enough said. Chinese junk. Advanced auto Parts replaced Reese with Curt. What does that tell you.


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