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Old 05-13-2017, 06:15 AM   #1
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Awning piston maintenance

We have picked up a serious "squeak-screach" when closing the awning on our WhiteHawk 33 RSKS. I can't find any info on lube for the piston shaft, if indeed we should. Anyone else have this issue? Can I oil/lube/WD40 the shaft?
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We have picked up a serious "squeak-screach" when closing the awning on our WhiteHawk 33 RSKS. I can't find any info on lube for the piston shaft, if indeed we should. Anyone else have this issue? Can I oil/lube/WD40 the shaft?
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I have a 184bh and have the same question. I don't have a lot of squeak and screech but the power awning sticks a little. Awnings are expensive and I want to keep it maintenanced properly.

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If you have Carefree awnings there was a problem with some of the struts and they replaced them under warrantee. We had to replaced ours due to a sticking/noisey problem. Carefree was very good about it and sent them direct to me and I did the change-out myself.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:49 AM   #4
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I keep mine clean and spray a little silicone spray on all the moving points. I spray the piston when it is fully open then use a small piece of cloth or large string, kinda like when you used to start a fire with a string and a stick as a boy scout.
A few times over it and it polishes it up and gets any crud off.

It does seem to help with the noise from all the moving parts.
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I will go the silicon spray approach first. Thanks!
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The only noise from the pistons themselves will be quite limited: Urethane seal rubbing on a chrome plated rod. Don't bother looking there.

However, all the steel and bronze plain bearings will produce all kinds of lovely sounds when they go dry!

Silicone spray (or WD-40 or 2-in-1 etc.) all the joints and things will quiet down nicely!

When the awning arms start failing to open (7-10 years of use) then look to replacing the struts.
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I keep mine clean and spray a little silicone spray on all the moving points. I spray the piston when it is fully open then use a small piece of cloth or large string, kinda like when you used to start a fire with a string and a stick as a boy scout.
A few times over it and it polishes it up and gets any crud off.

It does seem to help with the noise from all the moving parts.
Now that's a great idea with the cloth or string looks like I'm on it today.
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