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New hitch is loose in receiver

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 58LesPaul, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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    58LesPaul

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    I bought a hitch for my truck and it has play in it both left to right and up and down. Is that an issue or is that normal?
     
  2. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:31 AM
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    Aw9d

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    Normal. At least all of mine are a bit loose.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:36 AM
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    08tacobear

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    Normal. Annoying but normal. I cut Bike tire (the 18 speed skinny tire type) down the middle of the threads and then in two inch strips and stuck in around the spaces
     
  4. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:37 AM
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    Snug it up with duck tape... problem solved.
     
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  5. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:38 AM
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    ^^^^^THIS!!
     
  6. Feb 22, 2017 at 12:17 PM
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  7. Feb 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM
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    Exact same thing I did with a cargo carrier.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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    That is what I do. I'll also coat the hitch and pin with a thick grease to help prevent things from rusting together.
     
  9. Feb 22, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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    I can't hear it from where I'm sitting in the truck. :anonymous:
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2017 at 2:42 PM
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    Yup, we've been towing for 45+ years and have never found it a problem...
     
  11. Feb 22, 2017 at 5:04 PM
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    maineah

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    Better that have into hammer it in because of the rust.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2017 at 5:07 PM
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    No play would mean it would seize in and have a hell of a time ever getting it out.

    I like the duct tape idea.
     
  13. Feb 22, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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    kn61408

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    I tapped a wood shim into both sides and broke it off. Holds up well and still makes the hitch easy to take out.
     
  14. Feb 23, 2017 at 4:59 AM
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    maineah

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    It's a non issue looking for a problem that does not exist. Any thing you stick on or in the hitch will soon ware out.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2017 at 6:03 AM
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    It doesn't hurt anything, but the clanking can be annoying. I drilled and tapped a hole in the top of my hitch for a 3/8 bolt with a lock nut. Slide in the hitch, tighten the bolt, tighten the locknut,...no rattling. You can also use it as a snugger, and just set it so the hitch barely slips in. That alone takes out most of the clanking.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2017 at 6:08 AM
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    ejl923

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    agreed its not that big of an issue, but can get annoying if you have a bouncy trailer. I've had a piece of reinforced neoprene gasket on my hitch for seven years, still hasn't worn out.
     
  17. Feb 23, 2017 at 7:33 AM
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    Pretty normal, but it the weight of the trailer seems to keep it quiet.

    I had one rust itself into the receiver on my last truck and spent two hours with PB Blaster and an 8lb sledge getting it out. I've since learned to ALWAYS take it out when not in use.
     
  18. Feb 23, 2017 at 7:39 AM
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    i spray the occasional fluid film in there. Sidenote: fluid film has become my new best friend in the snowblower chute
     
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  19. Feb 23, 2017 at 8:01 AM
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    You buy something like this for $29.99 or get a muffler clamp from an auto parts store for a $1.99 - lighter trailers do travel better with less wiggle, larger/heavier one not much improvement.
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  20. Feb 23, 2017 at 8:22 AM
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    A few wraps of electrical tape will fix it cheap.
     
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