Ford F-250 Super Duty Hitch
Four Essential Care Tips for Your Ford F-250 Super Duty Hitch
For Ford F-250 owners with a toy hauler, a camping trailer, or a standard utility trailer, the hitch is just as important as the vehicle itself. So you should have it regularly maintained, particularly because it is quite vulnerable to rust and damage due to its tough task and its location underneath the truck. Caring for your Ford F-250 Super Duty hitch is fairly quick and easy, provided you have the necessary tools on hand. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Use the hitch to pull trailers within their weight class.
F-250 trucks are usually fitted with a Class 2 or Class 3 hitch, and hauling anything that goes beyond the specified weight for these classes will put undue stress on the hitch, leading to damage to both the hitch and your truck. So before you mount that coupling onto the hitch, make sure to check the trailer's weight classification first.
- Do not modify the hitch.
Hitches for F-250s are designed to match the exact specifications of the vehicle, and making modifications such as drilling holes in the draw bar or welding it onto the frame will compromise its integrity. Also, manufacturers typically void the warranty of the hitch once it's been modified, so there's no really good reason for you to tamper with this device.
- Clean up rust spots as soon as you can.
Driving in muddy or humid conditions can quickly lead to rust on your hitch. Cleaning up the corroded spots depends largely on whether you have chromed or uncoated hitches. For chrome-plated hitches, you can try scrubbing the rust off with a piece of aluminum foil dipped in cola or vinegar. Rusty uncoated hitches, on the other hand, can be cleared up by applying rust dissolver gel on the corroded areas and scrubbing them with a wire brush. However, if the hitch is severely corroded to the point that its structural integrity is compromised, it may be better to have it replaced with a new one instead.
- Take note of any rattling noises.
Rattling noises coming from the hitch means one of its components is loose and is hitting against another metal component. Tightening the bolts should be able to fix this problem, although you can also purchase an anti-rattle lock or device to keep the drawbar and the receiver snug against each other.