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Alko towball for an Alko Stabiliser Hitch.

Ball has a cover but it still shows signs of a little surface rust.

As no grease is allowed how do I prevent this?

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I just clean mine with white spirit and a cloth, or use brake fluid, and some fine emery paper. Make sure you also clean inside the hitch head and stabiliser pads.

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use it more often

Been down in Wadebridge since last Friday, returned to Surrey this morning, ball had gone rusty within the week.

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I just clean mine with white spirit and a cloth, or use brake fluid, and some fine emery paper.

 

Would that be Brake Cleaner??? Brake fluid would strip the paint off!!!!

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The painr on the ball should be removed before itnis used.

Hence the reason for wanting to ensure that the ball does not have surface rust on it - rust can also contaminate the stabiliser pads :angry:

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Would that be Brake Cleaner??? Brake fluid would strip the paint off!!!!

 

I think he meant brake cleaner, brake fluid is oily & would contaminate the pads & as Bill says all the paint should have been cleaned off before using the ball

 

 

I always have a can of brake cleaner in the car & a scouring cloth (scotch brite), if there's any surface rust it gets a wipe with the cloth & a squirt of cleaner.

 

 

 

 

 

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Green scouring pad and isopropyl alchol,

I get less rust using the golf ball type cap.

I might consider a light coating of vasaline,

but it just something else to clean up before use

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I use a small piece of coated paper that somehow (preferably in an enclosed space) reduces corosion on ferrous metals. I've had a sheet of this for several years & will soon have run out, in all that time I have only ever neaded to wipe the tow ball clean. The trouble is I aquired it from the packaging of some tools I bought & have no idea where to get some more from!

The fact that it exists means someone makes it but how to trace it without a brand name. ......?

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As no grease is allowed how do I prevent this?
You're right, only one kind of grease is permitted - elbow grease. So that's what I use with a little emery cloth before connecting a dry hitch to the towball. Otherwise, it's as stated above, use it often and there will be no rust on the important bits of the towball. I do have a towball cover in place at all times when the ball not in use.

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micktheshed

 

Micktheshed, this may be what your looking for-

http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Anti-Rust-Anti-corrosive-Moisture-inhibitor-paper-/390121067676?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item5ad507149c#ht_649wt_905

 

If so pm me your address and i shall look in our store to see how much things we have wrapped up in the stuff and send you some bits!

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Brake fluid would leave a slight greasy streak. .. Then would contaminate the friction pads. .. Hope you meant break cleaner. .. We use the proper cover from Alko not had a bit of rust in 2 years of it being fitted. .....

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@Micktheshed

 

if thats the stuff that MrOmori refers to. ...and can get loads of that stuff. ....

 

i work for a well known excavator builder, and many of our ferrous parts come wrapped in that stuff . ...and we don't recycle it at present. many parts also come with the crystal bags attached to absorb moisture . .. no good in this case but there you go. ..

 

 

To the OP . . don't worry about it . .poolebob is spot on . ..it has a slight surface oxidisation, its not detrimental in anyway, and think of it as a good indicator that the Alko is working!!! my ball is always very shiny when i arrive at site. .

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