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Old 07-02-2014, 04:24 PM   #31
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I would think that you'd want some friction between the ball and the hitch. Isn't that how the Anderson controls sway?
I thought the same and was initially hesitant to apply any lubricant to the ball. However, once I received the following from Anderson, I applied a light coat of lubricant on the visible wear areas of the ball when hooking up and had no more noise.
On Thursday, January 23, 2014, <customerservice@anderseninc.com> wrote:Some ball wear is expected from the coupler and clasp and some white lithium grease on the inside of your coupler especially the moving parts is recommended.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:01 PM   #32
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Here's the result of towing 275 miles with a dryer sheet on the Andersen hitch. It's cut right through, getting back to metal on metal. For the remainder of our trip I used the Pennzoil stick lubricant, and I think I'll go with that until I get a better idea. It's easy enough to wipe off when unhooking. I'm a little concerned with the rear edge of the flat on top of the ball. I wish the ball had been made round on top. The edge between the flat and curved surface seems to dig into the coupler on the Escape. I've knocked some of the sharpness off with a fine flat file; something Andersen probably wouldn't appreciate, but it seems better than having the edge concentrate the wear in one spot. I'm curious to know if others are seeing the same thing.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:51 PM   #33
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Here's the result of towing 275 miles with a dryer sheet on the Andersen hitch. It's cut right through, getting back to metal on metal.
Thanks for the test report!

Did either - or both - of the lubrication methods stop the squeaking?
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:57 PM   #34
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I didn't notice any squeaking of what I would attribute to the hitch itself, but I do hear some squeaking. I suspect the elastomer springs as I go over bumps, but I have no way to verify that. I suppose that could also mean the chains are squeaking as they move through the square tubes as things flex. A touch of grease on the chains where they rub on the square tube, and a little talcum powder around the screw threads maybe?
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I suppose that could also mean the chains are squeaking as they move through the square tubes as things flex. A touch of grease on the chains where they rub on the square tube, and a little talcum powder around the screw threads maybe?
I speculated at the beginning of this discussion that the chains might be a source of the squeaking; this (and the springs against the screws) seems likely if the sound is only over those bumps, and not associated with turns. In hindsight, the ball seems more likely... until you have lubricated the ball adequately.

Since the greatest relative motion of springs and screws would be at the forward end (far end from the nut), that would be the only area to address... anything that would make the nut more likely to loosen on the screw would be undesirable.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:48 PM   #36
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Since the greatest relative motion of springs and screws would be at the forward end (far end from the nut), that would be the only area to address... anything that would make the nut more likely to loosen on the screw would be undesirable.
Good point. However, when the elastomer springs are compressed, and then flexed when going over bumps, I wonder if the effective hole diameter decreases and causes squeaking as the threads work back and forth. Like you, I would be reluctant to add any lubricant to the threads. We need a volunteer to walk along the hitch with a stethoscope (or length of hose held to the ear) while someone drives slowly along over uneven terrain.....being careful that no-one is run over in the process.

Or, just add a little grease to the chain to see if that helps at all.

Wait.......these things squeak when tightening up the nuts. Where is that coming from? I'll be back in a few minutes.
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Okay, the nuts squeak on the washers when tightening everything up, which is irrelevant. What is more interesting is that alternately loosening and tightening the nuts so the yoke rotates back and forth generates the the same sort of noise I hear when towing. I didn't want to unhitch in the dark to really grease up the ball to verify this, but I strongly suspect that rotation of the ball unit in the friction material is generating the noise. As we go over bumps and do anything that rocks the trailer (in addition to turning) the yoke has to work back and forth some. I think that's the culprit, in which case we'll have to learn to love it.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:25 PM   #38
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Adding a little grease only to the ball eliminated all the squeaking for me.
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Adding a little grease only to the ball eliminated all the squeaking for me.
Same here.
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Hi: All... Seems only the squeaky hitch gets the grease!!! We are leaving for "Hitchstock" Bolerama @ Long Beach Conservation Area, south of Wainfleet Ontario.
Will be "Glassing" with about 100 other trailers, and busy running the nickle tours!!! Alf
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