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Old 12 November 2019, 12:04   #1
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Stripping a Tow Hitch

The tow hitch has seized on my trailer. Ive stripped it down and removed the damper. However the draw tube is seized within the hitch housing. I assume if I use a bearing press I can remove it by pressing it out of the housing from the hitch end to the rear. Am I right? If not how is the best way to remove it so I can grease it up and clean it. Dipping it in the sea from tractor launches and not keeping it well greased will have not helped.
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Old 12 November 2019, 13:12   #2
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The tow hitch has seized on my trailer. Ive stripped it down and removed the damper. However the draw tube is seized within the hitch housing. I assume if I use a bearing press I can remove it by pressing it out of the housing from the hitch end to the rear. Am I right? If not how is the best way to remove it so I can grease it up and clean it. Dipping it in the sea from tractor launches and not keeping it well greased will have not helped.
Can u leave it in a bucket of diesel for a few days?
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Can u leave it in a bucket of diesel for a few days?


....and get some heat on it
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For the price ....and any corrosion/safety implications....(and peace of mind) I'd just get a new one and keep it better maintained next time.
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Old 12 November 2019, 18:15   #5
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For the price ....and any corrosion/safety implications....(and peace of mind) I'd just get a new one and keep it better maintained next time.

I’m inclined to agree with Maximus. In my experience once stuff starts to seize even if you can strip it down and regrease it is only a matter of time until it comes back. For an essential bit of kit I wouldn’t want the lingering doubt of when it will fail again.
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I appreciate that it might be better to get a new hitch at £250 but can how exactly is the draw tube removed?
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Old 13 November 2019, 07:07   #7
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As already mentioned a good long soak in diesel would be a good start.

Might be of interest:
AL-KO towing hitch repairs
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Old 13 November 2019, 07:36   #8
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For the price ....and any corrosion/safety implications....(and peace of mind) I'd just get a new one and keep it better maintained next time.
Have to agree with this
however if you must prove your recycling criteria ,Plus gas it for a couple of days ,then take it for a spin across some private land , braking hard as you go ,if it dont start working ,consider it past saving
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