Ford Focus Hitch
Techniques to Keep Your Ford Focus Hitch in Good Shape
There are lots of ways a hitch can be of help to you—one of which is for towing. Though your Ford Focus hitch is built using high-quality material, it's still vulnerable to getting damaged after some time. You need to make sure that the hitch frame stays intact and in good condition for it to have a long service lifespan. Here are three tips you can try to preserve your car's hitch:
- Have a regular hitch-cleaning habit.
The secret to a smooth and properly connected hitch is adequate maintenance. And this involves clearing dirt and grime off the hitch frame. If you want the frame to retain its shiny appearance, then you need to allot time not just for cleaning it, but also for protecting it from future damage. During your free time, wash the hitch with soap and water. Get a wire brush and scrub the dirt off the hitch frame's surface. Just be sure that you dry the hitch thoroughly, so it doesn't end up getting corroded. Once you are done with the cleaning, apply some aftermarket protectant to prevent dirt buildup and rusting. You only need a few minutes of your time to finish everything, so don't think twice and clean up that hitch.
- Expel rust by applying some WD-40.
Though it's usual for your car parts to get corroded after some time, you can't just leave the hitch to rust, especially when you have towing needs. Keeping it clean and coated with an anti-rust protectant gives the hitch a long service lifespan. In the event that your hitch has corroded, you can eliminate rust using a flat file. Locate the file's forward edge and use it to scrape off rust from the entire hitch frame. Then, sand the hitch and wipe it with some WD-40. If you don't have WD-40, you can use alternative solutions such as light oil. Depending on the amount of corrosion, apply as much WD-40 as needed.
- Evaluate the condition of the hitch periodically.
You can avoid the troubles of frequent replacement—cost efficiency and installation time—by retaining the good, working condition of your hitch. A quick inspection of the part can save you from headaches, so make it a point to check on the hitch to see if it's still intact. Periodic checkups allow you to see the condition of the hitch. If rust or other problems can be detected early on, then there's a high chance that you can still recover your hitch.