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Old 28 August 2012, 14:01   #1
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Trailer hitch lock Problem

Just went to launch the boat, tried to hitch it up, the lock inner dosent seem to line up with the outer so the key-ways don't match and i cant get the key in.

Looking further, looks like until the brass roller are moved out of the way (by the key the silver spindle wont move (as i suspect is the design).

The brass outer seems to be the fixed part, and so, i cant get the key in to allow the tow hitch to open, any sugestions please?





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Old 28 August 2012, 14:14   #2
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That's a TripleLock locking head. That usually happens when some herbert has tried buggering about with your lock, to no avail. Try and line them back up, with a pair of needle nose pliers (grip the silver inner part) and as SPR suggested, a bit of lube and a clean out may help.

Alternatively, you can get the lock out, so you can at least use the hitch. Though it then won't be 'lockable' anymore. However, there's always a way around things. If you get stuck with it, feel free to drop me a line and I'll let you know how to get the lock out. Not something I want to post on a forum really!

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thanks for the tips, ill give it a go in the light.
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I had this and came up with a solution on the key ...

On the basis all the keys are differant and someone trying to nick it wont have your key do you think I am ok to post what I did ?

It is only the key i buggered about with .....
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I think i may know what your going to suggest, if a file was involved. I had a similar thought
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I think i may know what your going to suggest, if a file was involved. I had a similar thought
Yep - less faffing with the bit thats not in your pocket....

and less need to go near the boat and you can do it at home where its warm etc and it takes about 30 secs.
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