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Troubleshooting Curt Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch with Hard to Release Slider Mechanism

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Extremely hard to get the release handle to pull out to go in the slide mode. It seam when I pull on the handle supplied it puts the shaft in a bind and will not pull out. The few times I have used I had to get in the bed to push the shaft straight to get it to release. Even when you push/ pull on it the spring is very stiff. And no I’m not a weakling. Lol

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It is possible that the mechanism of your Curt hitch # C16536 needs to be greased. There are 2 points that require grease: on the rod at the spring (driver's side) and at the smaller diameter end on the other side. I have linked the instructions for the roller/slider assembly which points on the areas that need to be greased. Using a spray version of white lithium grease like # L11363 will make it easier to reach those locations.

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