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Old 03-09-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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Tongue jack maintenance

Seems like my electric jack works awful hard when lifting. It hasn't ever tripped the fuse but doesn't sound right to me.

Is there any maintenance I can do? I'm sure it should be lubed up. I see there is a plug on the tube where I could get to the screw. Should I pump grease in there?

I have a 2007 28'. Not sure of the make of the jack. It's original to the trailer.

Does a manual crank handle come with the trailer normally? I don't have one and that makes me nervous.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 03-09-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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I have never seen one where the jack tube could be lubed in any way. The heads can but even there, be careful, as the grease can melt into runny liquid and get into the motor head very easily. The best jack I ever had was an old Reese, no longer made but quiet, powerful, fast and the motor was above the tube, not offset to the side with the shaft subject to water from above. I still have one on my '74 Argosy, working after 40 years.

I am afraid to say that I think you just use them until the fail, then replace. You probably should have a manual crank, although if the main tube is the problem, the crank may not work better than the motor does.

Gears can be replaced from the motor to the tube drive in most jacks, along with switches, but not much else that I know of. (depends on the specific jack of course).

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Old 03-10-2015, 01:36 PM   #3
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Misplaced my crank but a 7/16 socket on an 6 inch extension using a inch socket arm works great. Just don't do it when the switch is on.

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Old 03-10-2015, 03:59 PM   #4
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The only maintence that I do is with the jack fully extended spray the extended tube with WD 40 and then wipe off. There is dirt in the air and my attempted is to remove as much as accumulates over time.

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Technically, according to my manual, the jack should get annual maintenance. Since I store inside I've never performed any. I also remember back on my new 2001 Safari I had a jack failure due to it randomly blowing fuses. I opened it up only to fail to properly synchronize the head when I put it back together. Bottom line I screwed up the jack. Thankfully my dealer went ahead and exchanged the jack at no charge because the blown fuse problems even though I had caused additional damage to the gears. He found a shorted wire inside the jack but allowed me to keep the replacement.

So if you pull it apart for any kind of maintenance be sure you carefully check if the jack requires a resync procedure before putting the head back on.

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Old 03-10-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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If it a Baker Jack they recommend lubing the gears in the head check their website for info

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