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Old 04-16-2013, 07:43 PM
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Tow Pylon Removal / Installation

I have a 2010 x14v with the removable tow pylon. The installation / removal process for the pylon has become gradually more and more difficult. This does not seem to be impacted by weather / air temperature--it is difficult to remove or install in warm weather too.

Any recommendations on how to improve this process? Lubrication? Machine Oil?
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:03 PM
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No ideas? Am I asking a dumb question?
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:08 PM
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No experience, but I'd think machine oil or a very light coat of grease at the base would help. Next time you pull it, check and see if there are any burrs or scrapes that might be causing problems when putting it in/taking it out.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:09 PM
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sounds like a good question. I would hesitate on lubrication, but have you cleaned both the pylon and the receptacle with a good cleaner?
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:17 PM
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sounds like a good question. I would hesitate on lubrication, but have you cleaned both the pylon and the receptacle with a good cleaner?
I have not cleaned either receptacle or pylon. I will try that this weekend.

I too hesitate to "lubricate" ; however, I am at a loss---it throws out your back pulling it out and putting back is even more difficult.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:19 PM
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I have not cleaned either receptacle or pylon. I will try that this weekend.

I too hesitate to "lubricate" ; however, I am at a loss---it throws out your back pulling it out and putting back is even more difficult.
Makes my back hurt just thinking about it. Gweaver has a good idea about burrs too. Good luck.
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I have not cleaned either receptacle or pylon. I will try that this weekend.

I too hesitate to "lubricate" ; however, I am at a loss---it throws out your back pulling it out and putting back is even more difficult.
I use vegetable oil on mine. Its more environmentally friendly for the lake, and it turned my pylon from a backwrenching exercise to being very easy.You hardly need any - put less than you think you need on a rag and give the socket and pylon a wipe.
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I use vegetable oil on mine. Its more environmentally friendly for the lake, and it turned my pylon from a backwrenching exercise to being very easy.You hardly need any - put less than you think you need on a rag and give the socket and pylon a wipe.
OK - so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit... now that I think of it, it was 'acceptably easy' not 'very easy'. And I guess its no big deal if you use too much vegetable oil because its organic/ biodegradeable and you can always wipe excess off later before it gets all over everything. But I still think its the best solution if there are no burrs/ scrapes to remove.
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OK - so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit... now that I think of it, it was 'acceptably easy' not 'very easy'. And I guess its no big deal if you use too much vegetable oil because its organic/ biodegradeable and you can always wipe excess off later before it gets all over everything. But I still think its the best solution if there are no burrs/ scrapes to remove.
Binding lube might do the trick nicely.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:30 PM
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I think that honing the recepticle with a drill might get the oxidation off that is causing the binding. One designed for brake drums might go large enough. Your autoparts store should be able to find the one you need. Then polishing the end of the pylon with a buffing pad on a drill or a bench mounted buffer. You want them smoother than sandpaper will allow to avoid any binding,grabbing. I agree that light weight oil might just cause more trouble - will evaoprate and then allow the pylon to seize. Antiseize compound would work well but is a little messy.
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