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Old 08-06-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Trailer jack lubrication

I have a question that I'm sure someone can answer for me. We have a 2017 19 and the jack is starting to get hard to crank when hitching up the trailer. I have never had this type of jack before that you crank from the side. The previous unit we had used a top cranking mechanism. I was wondering if someone can give me some info on lubricating it. Thanks a million.

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Old 08-06-2019, 03:05 PM   #2
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Spray some oil, there is a small gearbox under the shield and grease is ideal if your remove the shield, otherwise some spray lubricant.

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Old 08-06-2019, 03:29 PM   #3
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If it's one with a couple screws that hold down a top plate, I did like Jim mentions. I lubed the gears with white lithium spray grease as I had a can of it. I used to spray down the shaft with some silicone spray.

Could be worth looking at just swapping it with a power jack.
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:40 PM   #4
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The jack does the job but it's a primitive mechanism.

On the front there is a bushing. On the rear there isn't any bushing, just a shaft under a side load going through a hole.

Yes, the gears require lubrication but so do the bushing and the hole. I pull the shaft out and use grease, a better and longer lasting option for that situation.

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Old 08-06-2019, 05:07 PM   #5
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My jack has a zerk grease fitting on the back near the top. Adding some grease made a great difference for me in how smoothly it operates.
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