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Old 08-10-2016, 08:08 AM   #1
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Scissor Jack Problems

On my 2013 Jay Flight 22FB, two of the scissor jacks are terribly difficult to crank down or up. The other two move easily.
I have tried WD40, then oiling the threaded piece - all to no avail.

Can anyone suggest a fix for this and what normal maintenance is good to prevent the binding and difficulty I am experiencing?

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Old 08-10-2016, 08:22 AM   #2
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My husband accidentally tried to raise the hitch while the rear jacks were still down so they jammed a little and are now a bit difficult to move. He did spray WD40 and they work better now but we had considered trying to bend them where they were out of whack or even replacing them (which looked like it would be under $80.00).
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I spray mine with white lithium grease. I find it works better than wd40


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That's interesting. I used that and it made it worse. The lithium grease picked up all sorts of grime and dirt. I had to clean all of that off (what a pain!) and then used Silicone Spray. Seems to work better and stays on longer than WD40.
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Took the white lithium grease spray and did a liberal squirting. Bazamm! All four now turn easily and smoothly.

Will likely take a wire brush to the threaded rod portion and wash down with some sort of solvent. Then re-coat with lithium when dry.

But the solve worked and will be a regular treatment.

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I use a "dry" film spray lube. It works well, repels water and solves the problem of attracting dirt. Anything oily and that close to the road elements are a bad recipe.
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Mine are electric and don't bind, but the rear ones scream like crazy. I've tried several lubricants, but they all just quiet them down about halfway until next time. I've never lifted the tongue with them down, and it was a special order, so not likely the guy at the dealership did something.
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I haven't had any binding problems yet, but the two rear stabilizers knock back and forth when going up or down. It doesn't look like the screws are bent or anything, so I don't know why.

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I haven't had any binding problems yet, but the two rear stabilizers knock back and forth when going up or down. It doesn't look like the screws are bent or anything, so I don't know why.
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Check the screws holding the stabilizers to the frame. There's not supposed to be any slop there.

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Check for crud in the gear-like stampings where the two sides engage each other. Clear all foreign matter from those zones. Use a dry lubricant to limit crud build up later.
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