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    Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Anyone with this hitch have a problem with squeaks?

    New this season is a loud squeak only when the weight of the trailer pushes the saddle down more then an inch or so. I can eliminate the squeak by dumping all the air. Minimize it just a bit by putting 100 PSI in the bags.

    I have greased the single fitting with the arm down, again with the arm up and a 3rd time with the arm down. This will have the hitch quiet for a hundred mikes or so.
    It is loud enough to hear at highway speeds with the windows closed and no radio.

    Hensley Support offers no suggestions.
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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    I've got the BD3 and have had some minor noises and binding in the vertical loading/unloading. Their website calls out WD40 for the head assembly on the TS3 and a few other things. My BD3 has vertical rails and I've found the WD40 works much better than grease.


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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    The TS model works quite a bit differently.
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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Try Liquid Graphite. works wonders on noises like that.

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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    The TS model works quite a bit differently.
    Sure. But that's why I put in the link to the TS3 maintenance page which specifies lubricants including WD-40 in places.


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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    On the Hensley Trailersaver TS-3 Hitch, what would one used be worth? Only used 2 times. So does not even have a scratch on it. Also was inside after that use.I almost bought it but with a short bed truck. Was not sure I wanted to take a chance of needing a slider hitch and not have it.
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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Took my hitch apart today, not real pleased with what I found

    Shocks leak, one had no dampening left
    Swing arm pivot pin is worn, I think the hitch really needs a few more grease points.

    The hitch head "pivot axis bolt" is also worn and there are no grease fittings for that bolt, even though it supports the entire pin weight.
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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Hi ! I have a TS3 hitch and it has 2 grease zerk's on the upper part where the hitch goes up and down ! Now the shock's are another matter ! That's not right and Hensley should come up with a couple for you ! It would be easy to put some grease zerk's on the hitch ! I intend to put one on the big pivot bolt this summer some time !
    chaseb

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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Quote Originally Posted by danemayer View Post
    Sure. But that's why I put in the link to the TS3 maintenance page which specifies lubricants including WD-40 in places.
    If you could see what I am referring to you would have your doubts about WD-40.

    The saddle has 2 vertical plates with 1-1/4" holes.
    The frame has a triangular, 1/2" steel plate with 1-1/4" holes.
    A pin acts as the fore and aft pivot for these two parts

    There is about 1/16" clearance, if that on the sides to "lube with WD-40".

    No way is a shot of WD-40 going to lube a pin that is subjected to 3000 pounds of static load.

    The other WD-40 lube point is the pins that the jaws pivot on. Those pins are pressed into the head. They sit in a small recess, which is where the WD-40 gets applied. How the WD is supposed to migrate down around pressed in pins is beyond me.

    My hitch has been well greased, and I still have what I feel is excessive wear. The hitch has 6300 miles towing so far.

    And that annoying squeak.

    I've pretty much committed myself to adding some Zerks where I can, but I am concerned about getting lube into the saddle pivots.

    It also concerns me that Hensley does not offer the head pins as replacement parts, only a complete Holland head assembly.
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    2011 F-350 DRW

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    Re: Hensley TrailerSaver TS-3 squeaks

    Duane,

    Have you shared these photos with Hensley? I think they really tell the story of what you are seeing and hearing. Hopefully they will advise on some improvements. I'll be watching this thread to see what improvements you guys make with adding more grease zerks. Not sure I'm capable of doing so, but I "know people".
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