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Old 18 March 2010, 19:14   #1
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Have I Blown It?

Have to admit that I do not know a great deal aboout trailer tow hitches. Mine has got two grease nipples on the upper face, which I recently greased with some gusto Close inspection then revealed the ring that can just be made out in the picture hanging from the push rod. The picture is taken from underneath the tow hitch looking up and forwards towards the front of the trailer.
Looks like I might have blown an oil seal out. Anyone know if that is the case? Close inspection is not really possible as it is enclosed on three sides. Is it possible to over-grease the tow hitch sliding mechanism? What have I done?????, and more importantly, can I put it right?
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Old 19 March 2010, 02:02   #2
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Have to admit that I do not know a great deal aboout trailer tow hitches. Mine has got two grease nipples on the upper face, which I recently greased with some gusto Close inspection then revealed the ring that can just be made out in the picture hanging from the push rod. The picture is taken from underneath the tow hitch looking up and forwards towards the front of the trailer.
Looks like I might have blown an oil seal out. Anyone know if that is the case? Close inspection is not really possible as it is enclosed on three sides. Is it possible to over-grease the tow hitch sliding mechanism? What have I done?????, and more importantly, can I put it right?
As an item so important for safety I would take it to a trailer company and get them to sort it out for you.

Could you afford to lose the trailer while in motion.
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Old 19 March 2010, 05:06   #3
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move some of the grease i think you might find what you're looking at is the metal ring the works the brake, if it's a seal, push it back!

had a better look, it is a dust seal, but with that much grease on it you will never get any dust in there, push it back, easy enough
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No! You haven't blown it!

The grease should come out there. I wouldn't worry about the seal just keep it greased and wipe away the excess because it may blob on the ground in very hot weather!



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Agree with Biff.

Hydraulic action is very powerful isn't it
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I wouldn't worry in very hot weather!
In England?
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In England?
Ah ye see Tino is in the sunny south east of Ireland. An the weather there is mighty fine.

BTW Tino
Was having a look at the slip in the harbour last week. Is launch and recovery ok in all tides?
Is there no-where to park without having to pay!
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