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Unread 08-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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Hitch ball stuck

When I bought the truck the hitch was rusted in. I got the pin out but I need help getting the hitch out, any suggestions?

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Unread 08-12-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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a big hammer, or tie it to a tree and drive away and see if it will pop out, obviously don't floor it or jerk it too much as if its really stuck it could bend your hitch.
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:34 PM   #3
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A bfh and heat and pb blaster
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:40 PM   #4
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Whats a pb blaster
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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http://www.amazon.com/Blaster-16-PB-Penetrating-Catalyst-oz/dp/B000I2079E
that lol
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Unread 08-12-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Mines stuck too.. tree did not work... Big hammer failed too.. so left pin in and drive on
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Unread 08-13-2011, 01:17 AM   #7
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Is that any better then liquid wrench?
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Unread 08-13-2011, 05:32 AM   #8
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aerokroil is the best stuff on earth when it comes to freeing rusted metal. It is a bit pricey but if any
penetrating oil will work it will.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #9
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I think its better but everyone has their own opinion.

Ive never tried the kroil but i have heard great things about it.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 09:57 AM   #10
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50% Acetone and 50% ATF.
This is better than any penetrating oil or water displacer you can buy.

Just wondering, when I had my 96ZJ, I thought it looked pretty sharp with the ball in, why do you want to take yours out?
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Unread 08-13-2011, 10:07 AM   #11
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heat with a torch best thing you can so to get it off,work on drill rigs with big bolts and heat is the only thing that helps
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Unread 08-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #12
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50% Acetone and 50% ATF.
This is better than any penetrating oil or water displacer you can buy.

Just wondering, when I had my 96ZJ, I thought it looked pretty sharp with the ball in, why do you want to take yours out?
I have a hitch step from my last gc I would like to put in it, I would get my use out of the step then the ball because I don't own a trailer.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 10:34 AM   #13
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I have a hitch step from my last gc I would like to put in it, I would get my use out of the step then the ball because I don't own a trailer.
Makes sense. Well hope you get it out.
I would try the tree thing as well, but make sure you do it with a strap that doesnt have hooks or buckles, lol I tired to pull a tree over with my ZJ and the hook broke and shot along the roof and hit the grond about 50 feet in front of me, almost took out my rear and front windows, or it could have hit me.
I would strap it to a big tree, heat it, hit it with some penetrant then heat it again and get in and give her a tug, then repeat until you get it out, it will give, well something will adventually, lets just hope its the hitchball and not the tree or your Jeep.
Good luck!
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Unread 08-13-2011, 10:46 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice, now I just need the time.
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