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post #1 of 6 Old 12-12-2011, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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How to: Stuck B&W ball

when I got my truck it had a B&W gooseneck installed. I was able to get the pin out of the ball but the ball was stuck upside down. I let it sit with PB blaster on it for a few weeks and tried using a rubber mallet from the underside to get it out. Then I switched to some padding on the ball and a sledge hammer. Nothing was working. Finally I got sick of the ball being stuck and decided that it was coming out. I go to school at a motorsports shop and pulled my truck in for some work. First I fabricated a bracket on the cnc plasma cutter that I could weld to the bottom side of the ball. I used a 220 Miller MIG and put some nice beads down on the bracket to hold it to the ball. The tailgate was removed and an engine hoist was hooked to the ball. We jacked until the rear wheels were about to come off the ground. NOTHING! The ball didn't even budge. One of my buddies beat on the housing around the ball while another beat the ball side to side from the top. Finally it popped out. Here is a pic. Anyways if you all have a stuck gooseneck ball this is how I got mine out. I used a 90 degree wheel with pads on it to clean up the ball. It now sits in my truck box until I need to use it.

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when I got my truck it had a B&W gooseneck installed. I was able to get the pin out of the ball but the ball was stuck upside down. I let it sit with PB blaster on it for a few weeks and tried using a rubber mallet from the underside to get it out. Then I switched to some padding on the ball and a sledge hammer. Nothing was working. Finally I got sick of the ball being stuck and decided that it was coming out. I go to school at a motorsports shop and pulled my truck in for some work. First I fabricated a bracket on the cnc plasma cutter that I could weld to the bottom side of the ball. I used a 220 Miller MIG and put some nice beads down on the bracket to hold it to the ball. The tailgate was removed and an engine hoist was hooked to the ball. We jacked until the rear wheels were about to come off the ground. NOTHING! The ball didn't even budge. One of my buddies beat on the housing around the ball while another beat the ball side to side from the top. Finally it popped out. Here is a pic. Anyways if you all have a stuck gooseneck ball this is how I got mine out. I used a 90 degree wheel with pads on it to clean up the ball. It now sits in my truck box until I need to use it.

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I went through the same thing with mine. I also had to on my receiver on the back of the truck. Both were rusted solid. Now I can't fit the 2 1/2" to 2" reducer in my hitch.

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I am bumping this up for a much easier solution. I read tons of threads and various posts about how to get the stuck B&W ball out of the receiver. I used PB Blaster, I used hammers, I used WD-40, and the list goes on and on. This is the most simple way to do it...

Go to Wal-Mart and buy Bernzomatic hand torch with propane tank for $15. Get under the truck and heat up the receiver 360 degrees around the ball. Don't need to get too crazy, just heat it up for 30 seconds or so. Use your hammer from underneath the truck to hammer the ball up. I had my wife stand in the bed of my truck and after about 10 good hits, she was able to just pull it out. Took less than 5 minutes to do something I had been trying months to do. I cleaned up the rust on the receiver with a dremel tool and dropped ball off at a sandblaster near my office and have now put it back in the truck with a bunch of graphite grease. I do not expect to have this issue ever again!!!
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Sorry I didn't see this earlier, I would have told you about the torch. Same thing when calipers are seized on, or anything really is stuck like that. Heat it then beat on it.

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