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Old 12-30-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Power jack is stuck

Looking for some help…

My power jack for my 2013 International is giving me fits. Yesterday it churned slowly, then died completely. Fuse was good. I pulled the compass to reach the lug to raise it manually, then attached the metal crank…got shocked and the fuse blew…hmmm. Replaced the fuse, tried the switch. It did a 1/10 turn, froze and blew the fuse. I disconnected power and tried the manual crank again. It will not turn at all. I opened up the head and disengaged the motor from gears then powered up…motor runs fine. So I am guessing at something in the stanchion for the pedestal. But I literally cannot turn anything. And I can't get the gear/lug out to work on it (see picture…I can't seem to get any farther).

And suggestions before I give up and buy a new unit?

Thanks
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:58 PM   #2
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Just guessing here, but I wonder if lubricating the moving parts in the jack assembly (i.e., not the motor which you have proven works) would free them up to move? The fact that you are blowing the fuse when under load makes me think that there is a jam in the mechanical parts of the jack.

I would try Boeshield T-9 it's what I use on most of the AS' moving parts.

http://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9-...ords=boeshield

You might find this in a good hardware store or possibly a high-end bicycling store in case you don't want to wait for Amazon.

Best of luck.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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Are you still under warranty?
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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Could be the trailer rolled slightly putting the tongue jack in a bind. Try lifting the tongue just enough to take the load off tongue jack using a different jack.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:56 PM   #5
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
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tried the lube…no luck. thanks, though.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #7
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Could be the trailer rolled slightly putting the tongue jack in a bind. Try lifting the tongue just enough to take the load off tongue jack using a different jack.
I like Alan's suggestion. Try that first!
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #8
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tried the lube…no luck. thanks, though.
Well, then if Alan's suggestion doesn't work, I'd say it's time for a new jack. You should be able to get one for $200 to $300 plus installation.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:09 PM   #9
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Before spending the $. From beneath the jack, look upward where the jack shaft disappears into the tube as the foot is retracted. If it is touching on one side or the other, the shaft could be bent/jammed. If it is, you might be able to dislodge it by whacking on the foot plate with a piece of wood (a 2x4) enough to bend it slightly in the opposite direction. If you can get it down, then you can use more appropriate tools to straighten it.

I had this happen when someone backed into my trailer tongue while it was in storage. I was able to straighten the shaft and get it working again.
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I had something similar happen when my previous SOB trailer was parked in storage - the storage company had need to move the trailer and did so by lifting the tongue with a hydraulic gadget on a tractor then moving the trailer with the tongue jack still extended.

When the placed the trailer in a new position, gouges in the ground indicated that in haste, they dropped the tongue before forward motion of the tractor and trailer had stopped and b*ggered up the jack by bending it!

They put me on a new one!

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I recently replaced my jack after it self destructed. The base cracked causing the gears to freeze up and shatter. Three bolts and one wire, took maybe 15 minutes from start to finish. I wish all the trailer projects was so easy.
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Thanks for the help, everyone. I will take one last look in the daylight tomorrow to see if the shaft is bent or out of line. Then its on to a new jack.

Have a great New Year!
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Mine made terrible noise and died. I was unhitching at Campground with grandchildren. The campground found me a trailer guy nearby, I drove the whole thing over and 10 minutes later all set with new one, less than $200.00. When I think of the yeRs I spent cranking.
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My jack would only go down but not up so I investigated and found the limiting switch has over heated and burnt out. I order two ( have to have a spare) and re-attached the wiring. It worked ok but I noticed sparking at one of the three bolts that hold the unit on the tongue. I took this bolt out and cleaned up the area and re-installed the bolt. No more issues and the jack works 100%.
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