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TRUCKING Best Lubricant For Fifth Wheel Handle Pivots

Discussion in 'The Drivers Lounge' started by DriveSafely, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. DriveSafely

    DriveSafely Redneck Anthropologist

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    I've looked all over the internet as much as I can, and asked tractor mechanics, but I can't get a good answer. So I'm asking here.

    Doing a lot of dropping and hooking, it helps to keep the fifth wheel handle latch pivots lubricated. I'm talking about the pivots that are underneath the fifth wheel, not the jaws or the fifth wheel plate itself. Fifth wheel grease is too thick to use on these, and in cold weather, it can actually make the handle nearly impossible to pull out. I've been using PB Blaster, but as soon as there's a good rain, that stuff washes off.

    What IS the best kind of lubricant to use on these? It has to be thin enough that it will run down into the places it needs to go, and probably needs to be a sprayable lube, but not so thick that it either just sits on the surface of the pivot (like white lithium grease), or just wash back off almost immediately like PB Blaster.
     
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  2. Jeff

    Jeff Highly Trained Staff

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    You ever tried lithium grease?

    It comes in a spray can
     
  3. Toby

    Toby Well-Known Member

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    Schaeffer Manufacturing Co. 0190-011S Penetro 90, 13 oz.

    And


    Schaeffer Manufacturing Co.0202-011S Moly 5th Wheel Lube Spray, 16 oz. Aerosol Can

    You can order them on Amazon. The first is a step up from PB and is water resistant
     
  4. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    when i did yard work a few years ago, i had to use a road tractor, not a yard horse. i can remember that i had a can of WD 40 in my bag. that's all i'd use, since most nearly 99% of the time, i'd be in the company yard. the few times i'd have to go off the property didn't matter much to me.

    WD 40 can be had for cheap at many places, over PB Blaster, and doesn't smell as bad either, if you get it on your clothing/gloves, or hands...
     
  5. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Well-Known Member

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    GREETINGS DriveSafely and WELCOME ABOARD!!

    Having been Driving Class A Trucks since late '98, I've NEVER heard of such a specific Grease.
    I've used White Lithium Grease however slathering 5th wheel Grease on handle action points (with a Putty Knife) worked well and didn't "wash off".
    Dry Lube (like for Locks) works well too.

    Keeping the Jaws well lubed usually keeps the Release mechanism operating efficiently.

    --The BEST 5th Wheel Release mechanism is the Air type with Release Valve mounted on Cab Panel near Parking/Release Brake Valves. Only works with Tractor Parking Brake set.--
    CHEERS!!
     
  6. Frootloop

    Frootloop Well-Known Member

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    A fellow I work with keeps a spray bottle filled with diesel fuel and sprays his mechanisms down a few times a week, he says he can pull his handle at ease with 2 fingers. I never have tried it personally.
     
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  7. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Truck drivers don't do these things, thats why we have mechanics service isle people.
    Your only requirement is to get the black chassis grease all over your hands, face, and clothes when you get near a 5th wheel or dolly.
    I forgot the steering wheel and seat when getting back in tractor.
     
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  8. almost13ranch

    almost13ranch Neutiquam erro

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    I have a pump type oil can with 20W Non detergent oil in it. That seemed to work the best and lasted the longest.
     
  9. DCM_Doc

    DCM_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Howes Lube works well. It lasts much longer than WD 40. It also works well on pintle hooks. Spray graphite also works well. If there was no exposure to water & dust just about anything would work.
     
  10. Citori_cx

    Citori_cx Member

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    I like motorkote hyper lubricant multi multi use spray. You can buy it at many truck stops and meiers as well. Way better than wd40 and makes the 5th wheel open and close like butter.
     
  11. 20_yrs_2_go

    20_yrs_2_go So we got that going for us, Wich is nice

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