Originally Posted by 92landyacht
I'll have to try that on mine. I have one "lazy" rear jack that wont retract unless I give it a little start with a crow bar. Once it clears the ground it retracts fine. HWH told me I need to remove it and send it in to them for refurbishment. It seems that the seals swell over time and cause the jack to bind a little. New springs didn't fix mine either.
I'm assuming that this is what you used:
If it works on mine then we have consensus since mine has done it for several years now.
Yes that is the same stuff I had onboard that I mentioned in my post.
I cleaned the piston ( the shinny part ) with a clean rag only, then I applied this paste evenly and liberally with a clean rag around my finger. I didn't wipe off any, didn't wait for it to dry or buff to a shine. I think I hit the home button within 15 minutes so no dirt or dust had a chance to stick to the paste. As I said before, that first application only improved the operation of the jack after the second application the jack worked 100% the next 10 times I tried it.
My understanding is that big white doesn't contain any wax at all it's how it achieves the high temperature it calms. If it's a high temp silicone paste that could be why it worked when the spray silicone didn't touch it.
Although your symptoms where different from what I had, in that , my jack would not close at all. You are still the test, I hope you are up to it, just kidding, but I hope you will let us know if it works. Maybe it's warm where you are and freezing tempeture will not effect the results.
Not that it's as much fun as removing the jack and sending it off to be repaired but it would be nice if this works for most.