Chevrolet Equinox Hitch
Maintenance Tips for the Chevrolet Equinox Hitch
Hitches for the Chevrolet Equinox SUVs are designed to be tough enough to pull up trailers reaching thousands of pounds in weight, but they are still susceptible to wear especially without regular maintenance. Just like any part of the Equinox, hitches must undergo periodic cleaning and maintenance to keep it functioning in top condition. In this guide, we've listed down some key pointers to follow when caring for and maintaining the Chevrolet Equinox hitch.
- Do not use the hitch beyond its class.
Although they vary in features and designs, all hitches are categorized according to their weight class limit. And any hitch that pulls anything beyond its weight class is likely to get damaged or even snap off entirely. So before you attach a trailer to your hitch, make sure that it is well within its specified weight class.
Typically, hitches for the Chevy Equinox are pegged at a Class 3, meaning they can support up to 6,000 lbs of weight. However, it is still best to refer to your SUV's manual and that of the hitch to determine the exact weight class both can support.
- Use a cleaning product.
Washing the hitch with your preferred cleaning product and warm water can effectively get rid of dirt it has accumulated over time, although make sure to rinse the hitch well and dry it off to prevent the onset of rust. Also, you can take the opportunity to inspect the hitch for any signs of damage, rust, and loose bolts during washing.
- Use an anti-rattle device to keep swaying to a minimum.
As its name implies, an anti-rattle devices prevents the hitch components from rattling, but it also has the added benefit of keeping the hitch from swaying. Caused by heavy or uneven loads, swaying can make steering difficult as well as damage hitch and trailer components. But with an anti-rattle device, this problem is greatly mitigated.
- Treat rust.
Most hitches for the Equinox are rust-resistant, but they can still get rust spots especially if you live in humid environments. For chromed hitches, rust spots can be cleared up by simply rubbing the affected areas with aluminum foil that's soaked in vinegar and cola. Unpainted hitches with rust spots, on the other hand, will need scrubbing by a wire brush and rust dissolver treatment.