Tongue Jack Lubricant

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  1. Sheppie26

    Sheppie26 New Member

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    I have been searching posts but have come up empty handed. Trying to find out the best type of lubricant to use for the tongue jack on my 99 Coleman Westlake. Had it for 3 years and took it out this weekend at the in-laws and the crank is very hard to turn. Tried Liquid Wrench Oil Penetrating Lubricant and sprayed it at the crank handle and down the leg of the jack, but it barely did any good. Any body have any tips? Getting ready to head out on our annual spring break camping trip.
     
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    TRR Active Member

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    I'd be inclined to try taking it apart to see if anything inside was damaged, but you'd have to be prepared to replace it if you can't fix it (or can't put it back together). If you do take it apart, use some grease on the parts inside. That will last much longer than things like Liquid Wrench, WD-40, etc.
     
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    Deleted. Answered a question that wasn't asked. [:I]
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Dear new member. We are not nosey, but if you give us more info about what you have and where you are it would be easier for us to help you.
    1. Is this the swivel tongue jack?
    2. If you are near New England I know where you can get a free one that works great.
    3. Or it is the jack for the top....... service the whiffletree as soon as you can.
     
  5. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    A Photo may help. This video may help.

     
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    mpking Well-Known Member

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    I had my 2002 Rockwood Tounge Jack get very hard to turn last season. I lubricated it, and it made no difference. I pulled it off, and found that I had stripped out the gears, and had to replace it. Sucked for me, since I discovered this while trying to lower it on my Tow Vehicle for a trip. Ended up canceling the trip since I was concerned I wouldn't be able to get it off the hitch at the campsite.
     
  7. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    That is why I carry a hydraulic jack I can always raise it with that.
     
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  8. Sheppie26

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    Sorry should have been more clear. It is the swivel tongue jack on the frame near the hitch at the TV. It is on a 99 Coleman Westlake. The leg part that is attached to the wheel is somewhat rusty (not fall apart rusty, just the metal is turning that rusty copper/brown color). When I turn the crank to lower or raise the tongue, it is very squeeky and becomes difficult to turn with one hand. Just trying to find the best way to lubricate it and what to lubricate it with.

    JNC, thank you for the video. That is exactly what I was looking for. However, I have to double check but I think my tongue jack is welded to the frame and not bolted on. So taking it apart might not be so easy. I will look at it this weekend.
     
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    For rust, you can try evapor rust. It will get into areas you might not be able to brush or sand away. Much better then navel jelly. Not toxic and works well. Other wise good stuff in this thread!
     
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    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    Same issue last month. Harder and harder to turn until complete failure. I'd replace it now. Easy job.
     
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    There should be a snap ring that holds it to the welded mount. It can be removed to dis assemble it or replace it. They are pretty simple mechanisms.
     
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    If you do get it apart to lube, you want an extreme pressure grease. There's no speed or heat in the screw so you want a grease that the metal won't bite through as the screw slides slowly by. I've used lithium paste with molybdenum disulfide (lith-ease grease stick) it's a wax like paste that would be perfect. It maintains an ultra high viscosty that doesn't get squeezed out.
     
  14. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Yesterday I added a grease fitting to mine, I drilled and tapped the outside, screwed in a grease fitting so now I can add a little grease anytime it seems like it is struggling, (my jack is electric and I was having to take it apart once in a while to grease it.)
     
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    My 1991 Coleman Columbia has a small hole at the top of the jack for oiling. I squirt some 140-weight gear oil or STP oil treatment in there every few years.
     
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    This is a great idea. How can i be sure that the grease is getting on the screw rather than just the post. Never done this MOD before but like the idea.
     
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    I think sometimes we, myself included, tend to over think things. Any kind of bearing grease will work. It's not rocket science.
     

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