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steelhead5 posted 09-28-2003 11:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for steelhead5   Send Email to steelhead5  
The removable tongue on my trailer is stuck shut. Ive sprayed wd 40 everywhere I could think of, tried a small hydraulic jack from my isuzu, but It would not budge. My guess is that it hasnt been removed for years and years. (I just bought the boat and trailer in August) Anyone have any real sharp ideas on how to possibly get it out.
diamondjj posted 09-28-2003 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for diamondjj    
Try PB Blaster sold at NAPA. Let it soak overnight, reapply. Tap around the area with a hammer.You might have to re-apply several times. Never had much luck with WD-40.
Steve Leone posted 09-29-2003 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
A handheld torch is a wonderfull tool. A little heat goes a long way.
whaling away posted 09-29-2003 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaling away  Send Email to whaling away     
If it is the type of tongue that has a lever or the twist type, you should be able to loosen and remove the nut from below and take the whole assembly apart. From there you can grease, WD-40 or do whatever modifications necessary.
steelhead5 posted 09-29-2003 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for steelhead5  Send Email to steelhead5     
Thanks for the responses. It is the tongue that simply slides into the large steel tube. (basically 2 square tubes sliding into each other with a bolt through both tubes holding it in place. I got the bolt out no prob)
Jarhead posted 09-29-2003 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
A little heat and a little hammering all around, repeat until it's free.

Don't get carried away on eather though.

Tom2697 posted 09-30-2003 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
You could always try the "redneck way." Tie the hitch to a Ford pick-up and the trailer to a Chevy pick-up and have a pull-off...

Only joking! Try the hammer and torch method...Just make certain the WD-40 is dry. WD-40 and a torch don't mix too well.

skred posted 09-30-2003 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Learned this from the "Hill_Williams" (Yuppie hillbillies):
1. Launch boat
2. Remove bolt from tongue.
3. put small chocks in fromt of trailer wheels
4. Put plywood under tongue area on ground
5. Rev Engine.
6. Pop Clutch.
arnereil posted 09-30-2003 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
Here is what i would do.... first, tilt the trailer, tongue up, and get a lot of some kind of rust killer inside the parts.... let it sit overnight.

next day, back the trailer against a stout tree, and run a chain around the tree. The chain can not be put in the middle of any x-member on the trailer that has no front to back support, or it will BEND..!!

Place blocks under the trailer tongue, so when it falls it won't fall far.......

Have someone put the tow vehicle in gear.

Get a sledge hammer, and put a 2x4 or 2x6 against the trailer tongue..... start pounding.... not like you are trying to kill it, but like you are attempting to break the rust bond......

Work both sides, and top..... bottom is hard to do... keep moving around till it breaks or you realize it is a lot cause.....

tomroe posted 09-30-2003 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for tomroe  Send Email to tomroe     
I agree with diamondjj, use PB Blaster or some other good rust penetrant. WD-40 is just kerosene in a can.

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