A hydraulic hitch is a device that provides a smooth, controlled lifting motion for the trailer. It does this by using fluid pressure instead of air, which results in more reliable operation and longer life.
When you're getting ready to tow your trailer, you shouldn't just hook up and go. Here are four signs that indicate you may need to replace your hydraulic hitch:
1. The Hitch Wobbles While You're Driving
If your hitch wobbles while you're driving down the road or over rough terrain, this can be both dangerous and expensive. Your trailer must move smoothly behind you without any rocking or swaying because this could cause damage to the vehicle or cargo being transported. A wobbly hitch can also cause problems with other parts of the truck such as tires or brakes.
2. Slipping Pinion Gears
Another common problem with hydraulic hitches is that they will become loose or worn out over time as well as being exposed to outside elements like dirt and dust which can damage them even more quickly than normal wear and tear would cause them to fail over time without proper care being taken by those operating them regularly. This causes their pinion gears to become loose, which means that they will not be able to hold the weight of your trailer properly.
3. Your Trailer Won't Go Into Gear
If your trailer won't go into gear, then it's probably time to replace the hydraulic hitch on your truck. You should also make sure that you're using the correct fluid for your system and that there are no leaks or cracks in any of the hoses or lines leading to or from the unit itself. If you're still having problems with your hydraulic hitch, then it may be time to take it to a mechanic and have them look at it for you. If they cannot find any leaks or cracks in the system, then you will most likely need to replace the unit.
4. The Trailer Is Not Level When Connected To Your Truck
If you have a hydraulic hitch, it's important to keep an eye on the level of your trailer's tongue weight. Your trailer tongue weight should be as close to level as possible when connected to your truck. If you have a hydraulic hitch, then you can adjust the height of your trailer's tongue by adjusting the pressure on your tires. If this is not possible due to needing to drive over rough terrain or in bad weather conditions, then it may be time for you to replace your equipment.
If you have a hydraulic hitch and you notice the above signs, then chat with a professional about hydraulic hitch replacement today.