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Can Lubricant be Used to Help With Installing Bike Rack Into Hitch Receiver

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What is best to use to help slide a bicycle rack bar into a hitch receiver?

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If you are having trouble installing your hitch mounted bike rack into a trailer hitch receiver, like the Draw-Tite # 24808 for your 2009 Toyota Prius, then I'd first recommend making sure that the receiver is cleaned out and free of debris. If it is clean then there may just be some extra powder coating on the inside. We have had customers who tried filing it out but you can definitely try some WD40 first if you have some handy.

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I dont have the hitch yet. I was just wondering what would be best to use lubricant as a preventive of long term wear and easier bike rack installation. WD40 it is unless you recommend something better.

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You actually shouldn't need to use a lubricant to install a bike rack. As long as the shank on the bike rack is the same size as your hitch receiver you should be good to go.

The best way to keep the receiver of your trailer hitch from wearing down is to keep it free from dirt and debris. You can accomplish this by using a hitch cover like part # 22281 for a 1-1/4" receiver or part # 22282 for a 2" receiver when your bike rack isn't installed in the hitch. I have attached a link to our selection of hitch covers that you can check out as well.

If you don't already have a bike rack just let me know a little more about your bikes and I can make trailer hitch and bike rack recommendations for you.

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