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Old 09-25-2022, 03:36 PM   #1
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Jammed Electric Jack

Hello everyone.
I have a bit of an issue after our last weekend trip this year. The electric tongue jack seems to be jammed, it has power and it tries to move but can't. I tried to use the crank manually but started to bend the handle.
Is this a common thing for which might have a cure or am I about to replace it?
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p.s. I used a floor jack to remove trailer from truck as I was blocking road in front of my driveway.
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Old 09-25-2022, 04:06 PM   #2
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Typically when they bind up like that it's time to replace. There isn't a whole lot of user serviceable parts in the case. They often fail in o E of 2 ways, either by binding up or free spinning...

You can open the case and take a look in case you see something obvious if you want to give it a shot. If nothing else it will give you a pretty good view of how they actually work...
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Yeah I was kinda figuring that way, thanks.
Any brand recommended for a quality part or is it hit or miss like most things?
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I went with a "Bulldog" brand when I replaced my last one. Worked very well and appeared well made. It cam standard with a flip down leg that gave extra lift when needed. I went overkill and bought a 5k capacity.

One thing I recommend you do when replacing the jack is secure the new one with nuts and bolts vs. the cheap screws my original was installed with. I just had to enlarge the threaded mounting holes by drilling them out slightly.
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Old 09-25-2022, 04:32 PM   #5
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Noted- thank you
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Second others, if it is that jammed then probably not fixable. Also agree that you should buy a new one that is "overkill" for the tongue weight of your trailer, especially if you use the jack to lift the rear of your tow vehicle to install your weight distribution bars.

When I replaced mine, I used the 3 screws from the old jack to hold it in place. I did however ADD 3 nuts to those screws to keep them from backing out.
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