Troubleshooting Metal on Metal Noise When Using Previously Owned Husky Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch

Question:

Hello, I have an older Husky 24k EZ roller hitch with a swivel head. I bought it used and it appears to be in good condition just needing a little lubrication. I pulled my trailer for the first time today and all went well. I did notice though it seemed like when I would stop, start, or basically change momentum the hitch made a noise like metal on metal. I couldnt see it so Im not sure if the king pin has a little movement in there or if my hitch head just moves slightly when I stop/start?

Expert Reply:

Some noise from metal to metal contact is normal. However, it shouldn't be excessive. Since you said it's a used hitch and needed lubrication make sure it's greased well. Also, you may need a Lube Plate # HT34914.

You also want to make sure the king pin is fully seated into the hitch. When you're hooking up your trailer make sure the hitch is pointed down and the trailer pin box skid plate is slightly lower than the hitch's skid plate. When it's hitched the jaws should be fully closed around the smaller diameter part of the king pin. See the diagram I've attached.

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