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Sure you grease the bearings, check your tires and wheels, make sure your directionals are working, etc... before taking off on an adventure.

Getting ready to unbox and install a new MC carrier I found that the hitch lock (the one that replaces the hitch pin) was completely frozen. Not rusted frozen but so corroded from 3 salty NY Winters that the steel tumbler had melded with whatever other metal the lock was made with. Like a zinc on a boat.
Usually take pride in maintaining my equipment so embarrassed. WD-40, PB Blaster, Kroil, nothing worked. I put this lock on when I first got my Jeep in 2013. After drilling out the lock and still no movement I had to swiss cheese the hole thing. It finally succumbed to a dead-blow hammer but only after many different drill bits, breaking a nice big screwdriver and 2 hours of shame. Silver Lining: Always better to find out about this in your own driveway (I tell myself).
Went and bought a new one that comes with a cover and will periodically oil/lube which I should have done in the first place.
Had to abort the carrier installation till another day.


Gett'in ready except...
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The first and smallest of many diameter drill bits:
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Ahhh
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What a messy corroded challenge and delay. Glad you were ultimately successful.
Nice to hear my fears of an unremovable hitch lock are not groundless. I figured the style I have might be able to be cut off with a Sawsall if ever necessary. Would not be easy. 41qhl-73hoL._SY355_.jpg
 

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I had a scare with my locking hitch pin also, but caught it before too late. I don't even leave it on when I am not using it. It has no cover so I think I will put electrical tape over the lock. Glad you got it off.
 
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won't it be easier to just remove it when not towing?
A hitch ball can be handy to loop a tow strap over.
My current 4X4 only has a hitch ball on the step bumper for that reason.
Previous Jeeps had receivers, but I used a grade 8 bolt and double nutted it to retain the drawbar.

I am a double nut-nut!
Even mounting the license plate.
First nut establishes tension, second serves as a jam nut...in this case it is a locknut.
Takes 2 wrenches of the same size to remove.

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I had that happen when I believed I needed to lock the hitch,
Now I really never worry and I have had things in the hitch for the past 15+ years in Philadelphia Pa area and never had an issue,
I don't think you really to keep your balls locked up.
 

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Look at Stagewax's 5/8ths pin. Stainless hitch pin still acquires rust deposits transferred from the mild steel hitch receiver. So while stainless helps, it is no miracle problem preventer.
 

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won't it be easier to just remove it when not towing?
Check my location, it ain't like BC. That little piece of steel jutting out from the back of my Wrangler has kept her from being mashed by other New Yorker's (and Jersey Boys) that think they know how to park in NYC. Like a little battering ram that if you think you're going to push my Jeep to make a space bigger... it ain't happening/self inflicted.
Too funny seeing folks with those "Bumper Buddies" & "Bumper Bra's" on their cars around these parts. Fantasy car porn.
 

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Im also among the crowd that pulls them off. ive got so many drops and all the sizes of tow balls that it would be about impossible to randomly leave the right one in there. that plus when walking around in my shop I love nothing more than to smack my shin on it!
 
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