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Removing Tow Hitch lock

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by CCTundra, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:26 PM
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    CCTundra

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    so I purchased my truck about 1 month ago and the previous owner left the hitch on there with a master lock, lock. I would like to remove this lock so I can remove the lock. Any ideas on the best way to do this? IMG_6970.jpgIMG_6969.jpg
     
  2. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:32 PM
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    4" grinder or a sawzall with a metal blade and some patience.
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    How many locks can a lock get if a lock would lock, lock?
     
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  4. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:44 PM
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    Damn, I didn't review my thread before posting it. I got a little crazy with the word "lock".
     
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  5. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:46 PM
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    I am afraid that I will cut into my hitch attached to my truck. I don't really have any tools, but I'm pretty sure Home Depot rents these tools out.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:47 PM
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    I second the sawzall.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:48 PM
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    Should be easy to avoid the hitch with a sawzall and metal blade.
     
  8. Mar 20, 2017 at 7:49 PM
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    Oh ok. I will go to the Home Depot this weekend and see what I can find. I want to get this thing removed sooner than later.
     
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  9. Mar 20, 2017 at 9:09 PM
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    I was looking to buy that pin. It is not a lock. You should be able to pull the blue pin out and straighten it out so you can pull the pin out.
     
  10. Mar 20, 2017 at 9:20 PM
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    Anyone in your area have a Cutting torch that you know?

    Easy as pie.

    Cutting wheel idea would work great as well.
     
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  11. Mar 20, 2017 at 9:35 PM
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    that's not a lock, the blue part will slightly lift up and flip down so you can pull the pin out.
     
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  13. Mar 20, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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    Yea check it out a little better before you go cutting. Might not be a lock like @BlueBottle said.
    If it is the use a grinder with cutting wheel. You will have better luck cutting it.
     
  14. Mar 20, 2017 at 11:31 PM
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    This is why I don't use locking hitch pins anymore. The minnesota weather and salt ceases them up. I second the sawzall or grinder. I've had to cut my own several times. It's a big inconvenience when you need to swap ball sizes and can't because the pin won't come out.
     
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  17. Mar 21, 2017 at 5:54 AM
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    But I think you need to have a key for it to unlock and be able to pull out and up. I'm stuck because the guy that sold me the truck. Ever gave me the key so I have to figure out how to get this thing out. I will try to look at this once I get home from work today. Thanks for all the tips guys. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Mar 21, 2017 at 6:22 AM
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    Does that pin under the blue tab go all the way through? If so take a hammer and a punch and pop it out should release the whole blue part. Just an idea and might be less work than cutting/grinding
     
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    There is no lock. Loook at the video that @Voyagermike posted.
     
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    Smash it with a hammer. How strong can a $5 lock be? Otherwise, $13 at harbor freight
    [​IMG]
     
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    We JUST got a store nearby and its really dangerous (much like this forum) for keeping money in one's wallet!
     
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    Awesome!!! Thanks guys for all the help. I love this forum man. :bananadance:
     
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    That doesn't look like a lock, it's like others said, pull up on the blue sleeve and pull down. If it's stuck, try getting a flathead and prying it up, still sticking, tap around with a hammer to loosen whatever's seizing it up and try prying it up again. If all fails, sawzall or grinder.

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