Toyota Highlander Hitch
Four Ways to Prevent Your Toyota Highlander Hitch from Wearing Out Prematurely
Your Toyota Highlander is already known for its urban and rugged design. What better way to expand its already lengthy list of features than to add a hitch for your towing needs? Whatever you need to haul, this durable add-on definitely got you covered. It's not unusual for your hitch to get pelted by rocks or become covered with mud. However, all these beating will eventually take a toll on your hitch's quality and appearance. Here are some easy ways on how you can keep your Toyota Highlander hitch in its best condition:
- Touch up damaged areas to prevent rust.
Keep in mind that your hitch is constantly subjected to a number of damaging elements, making it wear out prematurely. Exert extra effort in tending to small damage to keep them from getting worse. Start by regularly inspecting your hitch for peeled off paint from nicked and scratched parts, a simple issue like this may result to rust and corrosion if left untended. Make sure you repaint all damaged areas, leave no exposed metal part behind. If rust has already formed over your hitch, you can still touch it up by lightly sanding off the rusty parts before refinishing its surface.
- Ensure that it's cleaned and greased sufficiently.
Mud and dirt brings moisture and abrasion, so don't just let them build up on the surface of your hitch. Clean off filth by lightly scrubbing them off the surface of using non-abrasive cleaning tools. After you've made sure that it's free from mud and debris, apply a liberal amount of grease on your hitch to reduce friction and chances of oxidation.
- Don't exceed the prescribed weight capacity.
If you're planning to haul something using your Highlander, make sure that its weight is still within the capacity that your hitch can carry. Consult the manual that came with your hitch to see its towing capacity. Pulling a load that exceeds this weight can be very dangerous; it puts too much stress on the hitch and causes it to break. The last thing you want is your trailer detaching from your vehicle while you're on the freeway.
- Drive with caution.
If you want to lessen the strain on your hitch, drive more carefully the next time around. Avoid sudden stops and turns especially if you're driving at a high speed. This will keep your hitch from experiencing untimely damage.