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dhill 05-23-2014 11:25 AM

Seized pin on foldaway tongue
 
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Any luck ever getting a pin "un-seized"? I've tried PB Blaster, torches, and banging the hell out of it.

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And yes I understand the irony of the warning sticker. Trailer was like this when I purchased it.

boardjnky4 05-23-2014 11:35 AM

Cut it off and drill it out

brett33 05-23-2014 11:41 AM

I'd try to get it to spin first and break up the rust. If that won't do it cut the top off, heat it with a torch and hit it with a punch and mini sledge?

Good luck! I bet that pin stays greased from now on!

ffmedic74 05-23-2014 11:45 AM

Try taking the bolt side out and see if the unit will swivel from the opposite side to break it loose.

chpthril 05-23-2014 7:39 PM

pry bar in the handle and rotate it.

corerider 05-23-2014 7:54 PM

Mine did the same thing a few years ago. I tried spinning it and the handle end broke off clean at the trailer. Hammering didn't work either. I had to drill it out which took awhile. Replaced it with a zinc plated one from Lowes and haven't had a problem again. The factory pins aren't zinc coated so they tend to seize easily if left in for long periods of time.

camassanger 05-23-2014 8:07 PM

spray it down with some of that anti-sieze stuff over a few days and let it soak. That might do it. I've had success with that stuff at times that has really surprised me.

phathom 05-23-2014 10:51 PM

The best lubricant to break stuff loose is actually a 50/50 mixture of transmission fluid and acetone (nail polish remover). Be careful with it because it can dissolve plastics and strip paint. Using the less potent nail polish remover instead of straight acetone will lessen those effects to some degree, but you still have to be careful.
Basically mix both in a spray bottle, shake it up and spray it on. It works great for really stuck on stuff that regular spray lubes won't quite work on. Just be careful with it, masking the area of anything you don't want it on is advised.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home...netrating-oil/

racer808 05-24-2014 5:50 AM

The auto store sells this freeze off stuff. I've gotten all sorts of seized things to break free with that.

wakedaveup 05-24-2014 6:19 AM

Have you tried sticking a metal rod through the orange hole and twisting it that way? Maybe spray it down and then stick a bar through to get some more torque on it while spinning it out. Have a buddy also wiggle the tongue while you're trying to twist it out. That will help sometimes, if it doesn't, drill it.

bass10after 05-24-2014 8:33 AM

I'd try putting a jack right on the bottom of the pin and forcing it up along with that break free lube. As pressure is applied I'd hit the side of it and maybe the top with a rubber mallet. Maybe a little heat to the sleeved part would expand that metal just enough without getting to the pin and expanding it as well.

markj 05-24-2014 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ffmedic74 (Post 1878397)
Try taking the bolt side out and see if the unit will swivel from the opposite side to break it loose.

Best advice.

alcarlaw1 05-24-2014 11:16 AM

I'd cut it flus, get my hands on a mag drill and drill it out. Had to do that on my last trailer. The beauty of the mag drill is that you can be super accurate, so just need to replace the pin.

dhill 05-28-2014 4:16 AM

All - thank you for the suggestions....will try all from the easiest to hardest. I have removed the bolt and the tongue swings easily to the port side of the boat. I've also tried rotating it using a steel rod, to the point it has bent the dipped handle (tough to see in the photo), but stopped as soon as I felt it would not work. Thinking I will start with this one first....
Quote:

Originally Posted by bass10after (Post 1878453)
I'd try putting a jack right on the bottom of the pin and forcing it up along with that break free lube. As pressure is applied I'd hit the side of it and maybe the top with a rubber mallet. Maybe a little heat to the sleeved part would expand that metal just enough without getting to the pin and expanding it as well.

Than will likely move to this one....
Quote:

Originally Posted by alcarlaw1 (Post 1878458)
I'd cut it flus, get my hands on a mag drill and drill it out. Had to do that on my last trailer. The beauty of the mag drill is that you can be super accurate, so just need to replace the pin.

And finally....
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Originally Posted by corerider (Post 1878430)
Replaced it with a zinc plated one from Lowes and haven't had a problem again. The factory pins aren't zinc coated so they tend to seize easily if left in for long periods of time.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

williamburell 05-28-2014 6:19 AM

Ive used the jack method to push one out before after winter. It works but make sure its completely level or you'll tweak the pin. Use a scissor jack not a floor jack.

dhill 05-28-2014 8:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by williamburell (Post 1878762)
Ive used the jack method to push one out before after winter. It works but make sure its completely level or you'll tweak the pin. Use a scissor jack not a floor jack.

great advice, thank you!


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