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Lubing Truck Ball

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bob

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
DE
Am I suppose to regularly lube my towing ball? I'll squirt some grease on once in a while. I was in Walmart and saw "trailer ball lube", $5. Also should the balls be replaced after so many years?
 

Esby

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Alexandria, MN.
Well I guess you can treat your balls as nicely as you want to. I personaly dont lubricate mine, although it may be something to try. It might help a little, but I think that you can do just fine with leaving them dry. As far as replacing, you should get new balls when your old ones are worn out, or beaten up.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
Just a few days ago, I was thinking as I greased my balls, I wonder if I'm the only one that does this. I hate having rusty balls, especially if they are supposed to be chrome. :)
 

morturf

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
midwest
I think it depends more on the size of your balls. If they are the big balls (2 5/16) they need more grease. Don't bother if your balls are small (1 7/8). another trick is to powder them when it is hot, this will make them not stick to the tongue.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
:D That was great advice :D

I'm still laughing :)
 

geogunn

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
TN
reading the above I just laughed 'till I felt like my b***s need greasing!

GEO
 

dhicks

Member
Location
Gulf Shores, AL
Personally, I like mine greased as it holds a shine better when buffed. All kidding aside, I use a teflon coating on my trailer ball. Does it work? Heck I don't know. But the teflon was suggested by the dealer who sold me my trailer at Expo 2000.
 

Stinger

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Texas
Ok gentelmen, the truckers allways grease the hitch plate because they dont know if there going to get a dry trailer.
The same rings true on our smaller scale. Friction is the main reason to grease anything, from your mower to the truck ball. Bearing grease or any multi purpose lube dabbed on top of the ball works fine. Say didn't AC/DC have a song about big balls?
 
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