Reasons Behind The Common Weigh Safe Hitch Problems

Weigh safe hitch problems

Last updated on April 14th, 2023 at 03:49 pm

The weigh safe hitch can be described as the sole trailer hitch type that comes with built-in load adjustments indicator scale. This makes the whole towing process much safer and better than the traditional methods. However, whenever there are weigh safe hitch problems, then the whole process can become a huge mess. 

Some of the common problems related to the weigh safe hitch include misalignment problems, broken weigh safe hitch, and increased hitch ball movement. These are just about the problems you are likely to encounter with the weigh safe hitch and they can be easily solved.

This article covers some of the common weigh safe hitch problems that you can encounter and how to handle them to salvage the situation. 

Weigh Safe Hitch Problems and Possible Solutions

Generally, there are three common problems related to the weigh-safe hitch. It could either be a misalignment, a broken weigh safe hitch, or the ball playing too much. Anytime you encounter one of these, it is vital that you find a solution as soon as possible. 

Misalignment Problems 

This problem tends to occur regardless of how careful you have been with the hitch and often requires immediate attention. 

You can approach this issue in different ways. The first thing is to take measurements focusing on the outer side of the trailer frame. Then, you are required to go exactly 32 inches on both sides and mark using whatever marking tool you have. Before performing the link plates installation, ensure that you remove any brake lines, electrical wiring, and gas lines.

If not, bad installation is guaranteed. If you cannot avoid the wires, try re-routing them. This also prevents any damage by the link plate. Then, you can proceed to plate installation. 

If the bracket is placed at exactly 32 inches, the hitch components and trailer is subjected to the least pressure making the ride more comfortable. If you cannot attain exactly 32 inches due to an unavoidable obstacle, then you can have the link plates close to the coupler. Either way, ensure that the minimum distance is 27 inches in the center. 

Increased Hitch Ball Movement

This case refers to a weigh-safe 2-ball mount with a movement raise at the ball for a 2-5-inch hitch. Typically, something with a built-in scale of a 2-ball mount does not have much to go around. 

The first step would be to examine the ball-holding pin and confirm whether it properly holds the ball in place. Sometimes, you may find that the hitch ball is on the wrong side. Also, ensure that the ball is a perfect fit for the trailer and the pulling weight to be achieved. 

Broken Weight Safe Hitch

At times, when the weigh safe is improperly installed, the hitch could break. In this case, you have to get the sized lockout. Below are the instructions regarding removal. 

You will need a center punch or a strong screwdriver, a hammer (preferably a sledgehammer), and a table vice. You can start with the setup of the hitch on the side with the slide lock facing upwards. The slide part of the hitch will need support beneath it making the pins at the back end of the slider lock not supported.

You could also try setting the hitch on the grass with the help of a table vice. You should also use a rag or cloth to protect the finish. Then, ensure the hitch is clamped so there are no movements. 

The pins should be located on the sides of the lock and then place the screwdriver or center punch on the heads of these lock pins one at a time. Tap the screwdriver with the hammer so that the pinhead will slowly slide out of the lock plate.

At this point, both the lock and lock plate are hooked to the slider. This calls for rotating the plate at 10 degrees in a counterclockwise motion. After that, hold the plate and pull it upwards. 


They feature a built-in gauge that works by having the trailer weight push down the ball of the hitch. This ball in turn forces down pressure on the internal hydraulic piston. The piston usually sits on an oiled bed. Therefore, as the piston drops into the oil, the scale gets the pressure reading.

Their accuracy varies. The best ones are those that come with torque weight adjustability with fine-tuning. They not only give you accurate results but also a safer towing experience. 


A weigh safe hitch is really handy when it comes to towing. However, having weigh safe hitch problems and not knowing how to fix things can be really frustrating. That is where this article comes in. It covers the case scenarios where the weigh safe hitch can cause problems and how to fix each one. 

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