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Old 12-14-2014, 09:09 AM   #57
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Bob, would you describe the service you do seasonally on your Hensley?
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:40 AM   #58
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Doug,

Yes...it's pretty routine by now.

1st make sure everything is clean.

Lay everything out, it’s all been marked & gets replaced where it came off.

Inspect strut bar mount holes for elongation, pins for ware & clips for no spring. Adjust for proper lateral alignment at install. Do not over-tighten, snug & locked will do it. Too tight contributes to ‘egg holes’.

Clean and inspect over-center locks.

Run jacks full range by hand for smooth operation…NO lubrication,(already learned that lesson, won’t hold adjustment if sprayed with graphite)

Inspect WD bar bearing surface for ware, grease @ 500mi intervals, inspect jack bar bracket pins, clips & holes.

Inspect head bearings for water intrusion and looseness, Clean & partially fill caps with Amsoil Marine grease, seal caps with RTV.(cap removal…not annually 4 times in 7yrs) So far have not had to re-pack.

Clean and lube hitch ball, very light coating as there is no rotation, inspect hitch latch, make sure it locks over center.

Re-torque frame brackets, ck LPG line for clearance.

Clean & inspect the stinger hole….oooooh that sounds bad.

Ck safety chains, bolt & screw extender, make sure hooks close properly, (weak/broken spring)


Finally.....install fancy Orange cover.


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Old 12-14-2014, 11:16 AM   #59
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Doug,

Yes...it's pretty routine by now.

1st make sure everything is clean.

Lay everything out, it’s all been marked & gets replaced where it came off.

Inspect strut bar mount holes for elongation, pins for ware & clips for no spring. Adjust for proper lateral alignment at install. Do not over-tighten, snug & locked will do it. Too tight contributes to ‘egg holes’.

Clean and inspect over-center locks.

Run jacks full range by hand for smooth operation…NO lubrication,(already learned that lesson, won’t hold adjustment if sprayed with graphite)

Inspect WD bar bearing surface for ware, grease @ 500mi intervals, inspect jack bar bracket pins, clips & holes.

Inspect head bearings for water intrusion and looseness, Clean & partially fill caps with Amsoil Marine grease, seal caps with RTV.(cap removal…not annually 4 times in 7yrs) So far have not had to re-pack.

Clean and lube hitch ball, very light coating as there is no rotation, inspect hitch latch, make sure it locks over center.

Re-torque frame brackets, ck LPG line for clearance.

Clean & inspect the stinger hole….oooooh that sounds bad.

Ck safety chains, bolt & screw extender, make sure hooks close properly, (weak/broken spring)


Finally.....install fancy Orange cover.


Bob
Bob, this is great information for any hitch owner. I wish I had known before setting out this year. Is there any way that you could put this into a video and post it? That would certainly help all the folks who aren't as familiar with all the terms.
I did the usual greasing stuff, just not the taking apart and inspecting. I took the hitch apart after it broke, but never knew that I needed to do that as routine maintenance.
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