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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:56 pm    Post subject: How do I remove a trailer lock? Reply with quote

My son's G3 has a lock on the pin that removes the tongue. Unfortunately, the lock is frozen up and I can't pull the tongue out. We're not getting any lights and I'm pretty sure I just need to pull the tongue in and out a few times to scrape some corrosion from the electrical contacts (which are part of the tongue).

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't have an Acetalene torch just heat the lock hasp in the curved part untill it is as red hot as you can get it then let it cool on it's own, don't use water or help it cool any way. This will anneal the metal and make it softer so you can cut it with a bolt cutter (and not ruin the cutters), or a hacksaw.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy a cheep side grinder with a cut off wheel.
Harbor Fright tools $20

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mtrmadman wrote:
Buy a cheep side grinder with a cut off wheel.
Harbor Fright tools $20

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I wish it was that easy. The lock side seems to be captive to the trailer. I've got the grinder and a plasma torch.... I just want to make sure I'm cutting something that will make things better.....
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a drill and drill out the cylinder and see if a screw driver will open it up. It may be froze up thier too.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OakIsland wrote:
mtrmadman wrote:
Buy a cheep side grinder with a cut off wheel.
Harbor Fright tools $20

Barry


I wish it was that easy. The lock side seems to be captive to the trailer. I've got the grinder and a plasma torch.... I just want to make sure I'm cutting something that will make things better.....

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Post a picture if you can. Couldn't you cut the tumblers out with the plasma torch??
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a pic of the lock:
http://tinyurl.com/2cjm7hj

As you can see, the locking mechanism is attached to the trailer... if I knew how that worked, I'd know a lot about how to proceed....
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grind off lock end flush with trailer and drive out all of it with a punch. This should cut the pin at the locking collar (The pin goes into the lock and the collar closes around the narrow/neck of the pin). If it was mine thats what I would do.... 3lbs. hammer and a large punch should take care of it after you cut.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, any idea how the lock is attached to the trailer? It has to be structural, because that is what supports one side of the pin with respect to compression and tension from towing....  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

call bob at south chatham he has a way I bet or can make you a new one  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, guys, I think I've got it... I've bought another lock assembly from the manufacturer and I'll post pics and instructions on fixing this problem when I get the parts and have time to tackle it.

This feature may be good at thwarting thieves, but in a salt water environment, it is kindova dumb idea. Even the manufacturer had no idea what to put in the lock to keep this from happening. They suggested always using the plastic cover, but that would only insure that moisture would stay *within* the lock. Not Good.

Thanks for everyone's input....
  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..White lithium grease is your friend.. 8) d:^) Schneeks..
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I tried to keep the lock full of that, but with salt water access to both sides of the tumbler, it was just a matter of time. UPS finally brought the replacement and I noticed that the pin had changed to stainless from chrome plate and that the cylinder was no longer brass....
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