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aluminum receiver stuck in hitch

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by First Responder, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Any ideas how to remove a aluminum hitch out of the receiver? Tried heating it, banging it, and hosed with fluid film. Any suggestions????
     
  2. FourDiamond

    FourDiamond Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Did you try dosing it with cold water after you heated it?? Heat the receiver as much as you think you can and quickly dose with cold water. Sometimes the shock will break it loose. Be careful of the steam cloud, best option is garden hose. Aluminum has a nasty tendency to "grow fast to" steel.
     
  3. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Thank you for the reply! Will give a whirl & see if it will do the trick. I will let you know if it worked! Thanks again!
     
  4. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    I chained the hitch to a tree and put some tension on it. Then beat receiver with a sledge hammer
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  5. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,272

    Don't heat the hitch you will change the metallurgy and probably weaken it!!! Use a penitrating fluid and like Whiffyspark said beat it with some tension
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,548

    Works for me, don't forget to relube prior to reuse.
     
  7. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,015

    I gotta say, I have never seen an aluminum reciever. How long has it been in there?
     
  8. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    The receiver is not aluminum, the hitch is. It's one of those adjustable hitches, so needless to say it's been in there about 2 yrs. Never really need to take it completely out do to it being able to adjust it to different trailers. We just purchased a 26' w/ 5ft v nose, so need to use one of those extended hitches.
     
  9. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,272

    That's what she said!!! Lmao
     
  10. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    I did heat it a little, then banged on it.......nothing! I didn't try the cold water yet. I was a little concerned with heating it too much. I had to walk away form it "adult time out" today. Going to deal with it tomorrow. I will give the tree thing a shot too. I did hose it down with FF, is there a penitrating fluid that works better than others?
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    Pull hard, it'll come out easy.
     
  12. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,272

    FF imo isn't a penitrating fluid? I've had good luck using wurth rostoff and pb blaster..
     
  13. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    It's the only thing I had on the shelf, what a cluster! Figured I would post here n hear some ideas and suggestions. I will pick some of that up tomorrow.
     
  14. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,272

    Lol.. been there done that!! Chains/trees and a good lube should get ur done!! Oh and don't forget to pound ur.. hahaha..
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,315

    Aluminum's thermal expansion is about 2 times of what steel is, aluminum also transfers heat at a mulch greater rate too. So by the time the steel gets hot enough to "grow" the aluminum has sucked heat oot the steel and has grown more than the steel will.

    I've found PB Blaster to be a good penetrating oil. I'd suggest hitting the hitch a few times squirt the penetrating oil in the receiver, let it soak for an hour, tie off on the hitch so the line/chain is in line with the receiver tube, put some tension on it then shock it with a hammer. If is comes oot great and if not repeat the process.
     
  16. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Thanks again for the help and suggestions, going to get some pb penitrating tomorrow, home to squirting, tugging, and banging! And that's definitely what she said....lmao!
     
  17. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Yeah just don't get pissed off and get in the truck and floor it. Never ends good lol
     
  18. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    If you do, make sure theres a video!!!
     
  19. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,015

    And keep the first aid kit near by.
     
  20. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Aerokroil is the one that helped me with a hitch that I could not get out.
    Come along hooked to hitch and backhoe. Spray, hammer, click, repeat..... took about 30 mins.