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Old 10-12-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Barker Power Jack getting loud

This summer after an extended deployment (5 weeks) the power Jack started getting really "groany" on its way up and sometimes down. I swear I read somewhere in a manual that you do not need to grease the Jack itself but I find that hard to believe. I just hate the sound of metal on metal and thought I'd see what other do. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2015, 01:52 PM   #2
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I removed the "power head" then lubed according to their directions. Much quieter but not quiet.
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:05 PM   #3
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Just a place to inspect, run the tube out and look at its surface for gouges. If its all gouged up, tube might be bent.
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Recent discussion with happy solution,

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f457...er-139798.html
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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Thanks Chief. I replied to you there.
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:59 PM   #6
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When you disconnect tow vehicle and the trailer moves any at all, even an inch or so, it will keep the post from being perfectly vertical. As it is moved up or down it will groan and pressure is not applied evenly. It will not damage your Jack, just sound bad. Tight wheel chocks will eliminate this.


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Old 10-13-2015, 09:20 PM   #7
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Yeah, a side load may be the common denominator but it's a newer development when hooking / unhooking on the same very level surfaces. Maybe I over stressed it at some point along the way.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:05 AM   #8
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My jack groaning is always a sign for me that my lift/drop toggle switch is about to go bad. I've gone through about four of the toggle switches so far...
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My new 2015 Baker makes a grinding noise, especially when being lowered onto the ball or just lowered. I took it in after our 10,000 mile trip this summer and had our dealer look at it. They greased it, noise was not there first time we used it, but back the next time. Took it back in again and for one other item. They replaced the jack at their expense, now has done it again.

Not sure what next move will be. Thinking on it.
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Our Barker 3000 was sounding overworked as well, so before this trip we put on a Barker HI-Power 3500 model. Claims more efficient, 25% less amperage draw with a low friction ball screw design.

http://www.barkermfg.com/hi-power-3500.html

We'll see, we work it pretty hard lifting tongue and rear of truck in our hitching/unhitching operation. Sounds better though.
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