Ford Ranger Hitch
Tips on How to Keep the Ford Ranger Hitch in Good Condition
Trailer hitches for the Ford Ranger are so durable that we owners take them for granted. That is, until it breaks down. Ford Ranger trailer hitches are also susceptible to wear just like any other accessory for your truck, so it is imperative that it is constantly maintained in good condition. The following are some best practices to follow in maintaining the Ford Ranger hitch:
- Use the hitch according to its class.
There's a reason why trailer hitches are categorized according to weight class. If a hitch pulls a trailer that is beyond its class, the excess weight will put a strain on the drawbar and the hitch components. And if done repeatedly, this will cause the hitch components to wear faster or, even worse, damage itself and its mounting points on the truck. So before attaching a trailer and putting your stuff on it, make sure that it complies with your hitch's class first.
- Fix rattling noises from the hitch with an anti-rattle pin.
Rattling noises are caused by the hitch components banging each other while driving, which can be quite annoying to listen to and speed up wear of the hitch parts. However, this can be minimized by installing an anti-rattle hitch pin. As its name implies, the anti-rattle hitch pin is mounted on the drawbar and keeps it from moving. Most pins also come with a built-in lock to prevent theft and unauthorized tampering of the ball mount.
- Remove rust spots.
Corrosion is the most common problem with hitches, which isn't surprising given its location in the truck, making it highly exposed to dirt and moisture. And cleaning this rust off the hitch depends on the type that you have in your truck. If you have a chrome hitch, ball up a piece of aluminum foil, dip it in white vinegar or cola and scrub the rust spots. The acids in the vinegar or cola will react with aluminum and cause the rust particles to break apart. For iron hitches, on the other hand, you can remove the rust with naval jelly. Remove large rust deposits with a wire brush, apply the jelly and let it sit for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.