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How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? #552417
01/14/05 11:35 PM
01/14/05 11:35 PM
ScottFW  Offline OP
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So the 2" square tube hitch is rusted into the bumper's receiver, pretty well frozen. I managed to get the hitch pin out with a little hammering. The back side of the receiver is open, so I have access to that side as well.

I've been soaking it with rust penetrating lube for a few days...
[Linked Image]

This is what it looks like from the back side...
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I've tried hitting it with a hammer (regular hammer, not a sledge type BFH) & brass punch from the back side but it's not budging. What to do? Just keep soaking with the rust lube and hammering till it pops out? I was thinking an air chisel might help but I don't have one of those. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> Whatchyall think?


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: ScottFW] #552418
01/14/05 11:39 PM
01/14/05 11:39 PM
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4xGeek  Offline
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Carlsbad, CA
Tried a torch? Heating along different points could cause it to shift around a smidge & break itself loose. But watch out, most penetrating fluids are highly flammable! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: ScottFW] #552419
01/14/05 11:41 PM
01/14/05 11:41 PM
John Smith  Offline
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Silver Spring, MD, USA
Either get another chunk of receiver stock and a bigger BFH than you have and beat it from the back side to force it out or hitch up to a heavy immobile object, get the revs up to about 3k and dump the clutch. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

I would personally go with plan A. If you decide on plan B please let us know if it worked or what broke. In the future it is a good idea to put some grease on the receiver so this does not happen in the future. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cyclops.gif" alt="" />


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: John Smith] #552420
01/14/05 11:52 PM
01/14/05 11:52 PM
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Anonymous
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If you go with plan B, plz have someone video tape it.

Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? #552421
01/14/05 11:54 PM
01/14/05 11:54 PM
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4xGeek  Offline
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Carlsbad, CA

I've personally always done plan B, but I've never had one rusted in there like that! I wonder what would give 1st? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" />


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: 4xGeek] #552422
01/15/05 12:26 AM
01/15/05 12:26 AM
MnMsToY  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 408
SA/Texas
I would back up to a light pole or any other thing that isn't going to move. Put a chain on the ball and pole...put it in gear and go. Should come out really easy...or maybe ease your way forward...should come out. That is what I would do.


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: John Smith] #552423
01/15/05 12:27 AM
01/15/05 12:27 AM
ScottFW  Offline OP
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Quote
or hitch up to a heavy immobile object, get the revs up to about 3k and dump the clutch. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />


Yeah I already though of that, but then I thought better of it! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> That's part of a Smittybilt bumper that is fairly well anchored to the frame, so the potential for catastrophically tweaking things is a little to high for my liking.

I'll probably try heating & beating. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" /> Propane torch (with a fire extinguisher nearby <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/notooth.gif" alt="" />), and a bigger FH. Where would one purchase a hunk of bare receiver stock?

I also though of putting my post Thanksgiving Harbor Freight specials to work (the $9 angle grinder and $15 sawzall) but I'd like it to come out intact if possible.

Keep those suggestions coming...


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: ScottFW] #552424
01/15/05 12:49 AM
01/15/05 12:49 AM
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Roseville, CA, Gateway to the ...
What kind of Penetrating oil are you using? Get some PB Blaster or Koil if you can. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: ScottFW] #552425
01/15/05 12:53 AM
01/15/05 12:53 AM
Marc M  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2000
Posts: 766
Washington, Pennsylvania,U.S.A
I had the same issue with the same bumper. I had to beat on the draw-bar for 45 minutes with a 10lb sledge to get that sucker out.

Have fun

Marc M


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Re: How do I remove a rusted 2" trailer receiver? [Re: Marc M] #552426
01/15/05 01:04 AM
01/15/05 01:04 AM
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Anonymous
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Heat the outside with a torch or heat gun and spray PB Blaster while doing that(rules out the torch). As the outside expands the heat will pull the PB Blaster on up into the gap. I used this method to separate a turbo housing from the center section. It took time, but it worked. I've also used this method to separate exhaust pipes.

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