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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Cutting them down to size is about your only option, unless you want to carry a separate combination wrench (spanner). If you want to cut the threads cleanly, don't use a bolt cutter. The way to go is ...
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What type of safety pin would be correct for this tailgate latch?

Based on the search results for that specific type of latch, the "pin hole" is not a latch-opening-preventer, in the generic sense. An Australian resource shows this exact type of latch: ...
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Should I over- or under-inflate my tires when towing?

The conflicting advice is confusing to sort out, because the logic seems to have got the cause-and-effect connections wrong. So let's start again... The tires are the only part of the vehicle that is ...
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How to get torque on frozen lug nuts on trailer?

The really simple option is to loosen the nuts while the wheel is resting on the ground, and only raise it up on the jack once they are loose (not removed, just loose) Otherwise, if you don't have ...
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What type of safety pin would be correct for this tailgate latch?

I think a large diameter safety pin would work just fine. Something like this
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Why is there a "DO NOT PUSH" sign on the back of some trucks?

I like to share my experience in this DO NOT PUSH dilemma. It is really simple: You can damage the whole box since it was not designed to be pushed. It's just like a shoe box: you can stack one the ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

I agree with the answer by @Paulster2. However if you don't want to do any sawing, grinding or filing, you could buy a suitable box spanner, for example - Product details from that website - Make ...
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Should I over- or under-inflate my tires when towing?

I think the terms you're using - over-inflate and under-inflate - aren't the best descriptors. There's a maximum tire pressure, around 50 psi for many tires. Inflating past that PSI would be over-...
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How much can I load on my trailer on my 2017 Subaru Legacy?

You'll need to know the weight of the trailer and it's maximum capacity (which should be on a plate on the trailer, for any reasonably recent trailer), the maximum towing weight of the car (which ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

The answers from Paulster2 and HandyHowie both provide viable solutions, but if neither option appeals to you, make a spacer. Remove one nut and find a short length of pipe or metal conduit that will ...
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How to prevent automatic transmission damage when towing a heavy load without the towing package

Automatic transmissions use a torque converter to allow the engine to turn at a different speed than the transmission input shaft. This allows smooth shifting and it allows the engine to run at idle ...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

The fact of the matter is any additional load is harder on a transmission. Stuffing 5 of me in four car is 1000 lbs, add say camping gear and you're looking at 1200-1500 lbs of cargo. If my wife were ...
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Should I apply grease to my trailer hook?

besides the fact that the grease will be messy and get all over everything, the only reason I have seen is that sometimes grease or anti-seize can interfere with a ground connection if there isn't a ...
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Trailer socket problems

The first thing to check (and think about when using a meter) is where the ground is coming from: Is there a ground wire in the trailer wiring? Is there a good solid connection of the ground wire to ...
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Why do LEDs go out on (boat) trailer tail-lights?

More than likely, the leds in the light assembly are being over driven for reasonable light output. Typical 5mm and smaller leds, including the typical 5050 or 0805 SMD leds used in these assemblies ...
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4-way car connector to 7-way trailer connector

Have you actually tried hooking it up as you suggested and ignoring pin 6 (circuit 54) on the trailer connector? I think it is likely that the trailer is wired with a single filament for the turn ...
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Should I over- or under-inflate my tires when towing?

I had this same question, and while I mostly agree with alephzero's answer, I wanted to provide a way to actually account for the increase in tongue weight (the trailer's load on the vehicle). Let's ...
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Trailer tire weight rating

Basically, yes. However, there is the rating of the axle itself to consider. The axle, more or less, will have a different rating. Make sure you take into account this before you decide whatever you'...
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Change Trailer Tire Size?

It really shouldn't matter much at all. The section width will be a little bit wider for the new tire. It will have just a little bit larger diameter, somewhere around .75", depending on the make/...
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Trailer AFC converter turn signals blink together

Ok, so as @solar-mike suggested it looks like the converter is is faulty. I did some additional tests so I thought it might be useful to document here what I've done, someone else might be interested ...
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What to do about this rust on trailer wheel, suspension and part of axle?

There are several things here you're going to need to do: Wheel: You need to replace this. The outside lip looks like it's about done. At the very least it is severely weakened. From what I can see, ...
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4-way car connector to 7-way trailer connector

OK, so the converter combines both the brake/turn signal into a single wire designed for a dual-filament bulb. It will send different voltage to the bulb such that either one filament is light or the ...
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What is a weight distributing hitch versus a weight carrying ball mount?

If your Sienna's tow hitch looks like everybody else's and just has the square hole with a tongue that slides in and out: use the 350lb. limit(s). If your minivan has some extra hardware that comes ...
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What is a weight distributing hitch versus a weight carrying ball mount?

With a weigh carrying ball mount, the hitch carries all the weight of the towed load. Weight distribution uses additional mounted hardware (spring bars) to transfer load to the frame of the tow ...
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Tyres with a lower ply rating as replacements on trailer?

The ply rating is a roundabout way to indicate the max. load. There aren't that many plies in the tire (just one or two, normally). You'll want some margin on the max. load, because without a scale ...
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Should I over- or under-inflate my tires when towing?

Nothing of "proof", but you need to keep them at normal operating pressure before you load the vehicle. You don't want them under-inflated, as while when you put a load on them and the pressure will ...
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What exactly does the brake switch wire output and is there an easier way to get to it?

It depends on how your 7-pin is hooked up, but it looks like there's two common situations: If you just need to actuate the brake lights, it's probably far easier to tap into that wire at or near the ...
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How to get torque on frozen lug nuts on trailer?

Yes, loosen nuts while the wheel is on the ground but first dowse them all with some PB-Blaster or similar penetrant oil like WD40 and let it soak in for an hour or so. That should make them easier ...
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Are euro-style trailer "hooks" really made to be used as a hook?

As is often the case, there are different standards for towing attachments: an International standard used almost everywhere in the world except the USA, and 5 different standards in the USA, though ...
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