You will find that a trailer hitch ball can become rusted and stuck over time. It can be challenging to remove a rusted trailer hitch ball when needed. Here are some tips on how to remove a rusted trailer hitch ball. The following tips should help you remove even the most stubborn trailer hitch balls.

Tools Required

In order to remove rusted trailer hitch balls, you need sprays such as WD40, BOESHIELD T-9, Permatex, and air hammer wrenches.

Quick Way To Remove Rusted or Stuck trailer hitch ball

We know many of you have trouble removing stuck hitch balls, but don’t worry, Superpcparts will guide you through this process:

Use a spray

You can use penetrating oil spray to loosen a stuck or rusted trailer hitch ball. Just spray it on the ball and let it sit for a few minutes. Inside the hitch receiver’s corners, straw well. If it’s still stuck, you can lightly tap on the ball with a hammer until it comes loose if you can’t unscrew the ball.


  • To begin with, make sure there is no obstruction around the ball. 
  • Apply spray to rusted trailers now
  • Before removing the ball, let it sit for a few minutes. 
  • In order to loosen the ball, you may need a wrench or another tool. 
  • By hand, you can remove the ball once it is loose.


  • When spraying, make sure to spray liberally
  • Must Spry hitch receiver’s hole

Use Air Hammering After Spraying

You can use an air hammer to loosen the trailer hitch ball if it is stuck or rusted. Do not use a standard hammer. The best option is a rubber hammer.

  1. Ensure the air compressor is turned off and disconnected from the power source before attaching the air hose to the air hammer’s inlet and hammering for the stipulated time.
  2. The air compressor should be turned on and the pressure set to 80 psi.
  3. The air hammer’s air pressure should be set according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  4. Pull the trigger and place the air hammer against the trailer hitch ball. For 10 to 15 seconds, place the tip of the air hammer against the trailer hitch ball.
  5. The trailer hitch ball can be easily removed using an air hammer to loosen the rust.
  6. The air hammer should then be moved back and forth while pushing down on the trigger. If this is done correctly, the trailer hitch ball should come loose.

It is important to note that if the rusted trailer hitch ball is not removed, then you need to keep doing so until the ball mount on the trailer hitch loosens. Once it loosens, you must pull the ball mount out. Removing a ball mount is the best option if you do not use a ball mount. Those who do a lot of towing are always advised to ensure the trailer is equipped with a weight-distributing hitch and to use ball grease to prevent rust.

Using a Wrench

Using a wrench to remove a rusted or stuck trailer hitch ball may be necessary. Here are some tips on using a wrench: Before we begin, here are some things to do:

  • First, try lubricating the trailer hitch ball to loosen the rust and make it easier to remove.
  • Spray WD-40, BOESHIELD T-9, or other lubricants on hands and bolt nut
  • Spray thread areas as well
  •  If the lubricant does not work, you may need to use a wrench to remove the trailer hitch ball.
  • Place the wrench over the top of the trailer hitch ball and turn it counterclockwise until it is loose.
  • If the ball is very tight, you may need to use a lot of force. Be careful not to damage the threads on the ball.
  • If the wrench is too small, it could slip and cause injury.
  • Once the ball is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove it from the trailer hitch.

How to spot a rusted trailer hitch ball

The last thing you want is a rusted trailer hitch ball when you need it the most. Like most people, you probably only think about trailer hitch balls once they’re needed.

If you are concerned about a rusted trailer hitch ball, you can do a few things. 

  • Look at the condition of your trailer hitch first. If it’s in good shape, chances are the ball is too. If the hitch is rusted, chances are the ball is as well.
  • Rusty trailer hitch balls look dull and rough because they are covered in rust. If they are smooth and shiny, they should be free of rust.
  • If you think your trailer hitch ball might be rusted, try to scrub it gently with a wire brush. If that doesn’t work, try using sandpaper or steel wool. If neither works, you will have to replace the ball altogether.

The dangers of driving with a rusted trailer hitch ball

Your trailer hitch ball may be rusted, causing it to break and resulting in your trailer becoming detached from your vehicle. If this happens, you could suffer serious injury or be killed in an accident.

Ensure that your trailer hitch ball is in good condition prior to hitting the road by regularly inspecting it for rust and replacing it if necessary. Please do not take any chances with your safety, so ensure it is in good working order before hitting the road.

Sophia Mehra
Hi! I'm Sophia Mehra. I'm a hitch specialist from the United Kingdom. Many clients come to us to fix various hitches. We have started informational blogs on the for hitch users worldwide. To provide you with detailed information on multiple types of hitches, as well as write hitch accessories tips and guidelines, my team manages my hitch store, and I manage my hitch specialist team's website.