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How to Remove the Gooseneck Ball From a Hide-A-Goose Gooseneck Trailer Hitch

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Not sure of how it operates was on the truck when I bought it. It seems to be froze up

Expert Reply:

If your truck is equipped with a Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, item # 9462-30 or similar part number, the ball is released by a rod that is located in the driver side wheel well of the truck (see instructions link). The handle can be moved to the passengers side so if you do not see it in the drivers side wheel well check the passengers side.

Once the locking pin is released the handle is moved into the locking slot and the ball can be removed. If the ball is installed upside down in the gooseneck hitch, there should be a pin in the underside of the ball that can be grasped and use to pull the ball out of the mounting hole.

Sometimes dirt and debris gets crammed into the mounting hole and removing the ball can be quite difficult. I would use a spray lubricant to soak the ball to help release it from the mounting hole.

One thing to check out is that the ball may have been stored upside down when carrying a very heavy load in the truck bed and the hitch may have been damaged from contact with the trucks differential. Check for clearance between ball and truck equipment (I.E. differential, brake lines, electrical lines, and others) by measuring from axle up to rubber bumper stop and from ball to nearest item. If insufficient space is present, you should not leave the ball in the stored position when carrying heavy loads.

After you get the ball out of the mount you should use some heavy grease like Trailer Hitch Grease - Hitches, Balls, Couplers, etc., item # L10337 to lubricate the ball sleeve and ball when reinstalling the ball.

expert reply by:
Robert G

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