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Old 08-14-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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To lube or not to lube, THAT is the question...

We are considering oiling/lubricating our trailers tongue jack as it is becoming hard to operate.

WHAT if any lubricants work well for these things? It's a swing down hand crank device...
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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Looks like the knuckle buster on my Scamp. On mine, there's a small hole in the top. I give it a shot of WD40 every once in a while. Seems to work just fine... doesn't help my knuckles tho
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I give it a shot of silicon spray every now and then, Same thing with the door lock.

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Looks like the knuckle buster on my Scamp. On mine, there's a small hole in the top. I give it a shot of WD20 every once in a while. Seems to work just fine... doesn't help my knuckles tho
....thanks for that quickie (response, I mean) but I am at a loss as to just what produce WD20 is... Is this product a new n improved version of the old WD40??? Doesn't this stuff (and the delicon spray) act like a dust magnet??? We have about 5 outings for the trailer coming up in the near future and I'm starting to get concerned about this OLD CRANK, LOL!!!

(NO, not the TRAILER GODDESS ....)
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:29 PM   #6
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If you can take it apart or get some access to the gearing, I recommend some white lithium spray lubricant. I got what I use from NAPA. It's a heavy duty metal to metal lubricant. Will not wash off, melt or freeze. Also, OK for use in all States.

I have an 8,000 pound portable 55 foot tower trailer that has 7 seven screw type jacks and the white lithium grease works great.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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The (d)Silicon doesn't seem to collect dust, it's a very light coating. I simply spray it down the shaft from the top. For the door lock I spray it into the end. I use it because it's really slippery, does the job and I don't know how to take the jack apart.

I will say if you don't lub it it can feel stiff.

It's definitely not as permanent as the white grease solution.

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While Donna goes n refills her coffee urn, ....we sprayed a little of that 'WD20'(??) into the oil hole and worked the crank a few times to help spread it around inside the tube. It seems to help. Its was all I have on hand that I thought might work... I doubt I could take the tube apart without some serious w, wo, wor, wor_! Yuch I hate that word!
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While Donna goes n refills her coffee urn, ....we sprayed a little of that 'WD20'(??) into the oil hole and worked the crank a few times to help spread it around inside the tube. It seems to help. Its was all I have on hand that I thought might work... I doubt I could take the tube apart without some serious w, wo, wor, wor_! Yuch I hate that word!
Hi: Doug Mager... What wa... wa... w irks one doesn't always the other. I use Dura Lube...but it only comes in a non aerosol squirt bottle. Great to lube the old crank stabilizers!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie p.s. WD20 seems 1/2 cut to me...LoL
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Hi: Doug Mager... What wa... wa... w irks one doesn't always the other. I use Dura Lube...but it only comes in a non aerosol squirt bottle. Great to lube the old crank stabilizers!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie p.s. WD20 seems 1/2 cut to me...LoL
With all due respect, lube with a lubricant. WD 39 (well it would have been 39 if the 39th concoction had worked) is deodorized kero, a water displacer and half-effective penetrating oil and little else. Don't see why the ancient squirt can of 30 wgt. or even a little can of 3-in-1 wouldn't work.

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Old 08-14-2011, 05:36 PM   #11
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can you still get Graphite? That's good stuff.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:53 AM   #12
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Limits of WD40

WD40 works best to loosen things up or displace water from electrical things, but is too thin and solventy to perform well as a long lasting lubricant.

I think white grease would be ideal if you were taking the jack apart and reassembling it; otherwise, I'm pleased with the results of Duralube in most oiling applications. I've Duralubed some deadbolt locks and they worked so smoothly after it felt like they had broken mechanisms.
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WD40 is a very successful product but really a poor quality product.

For freeing stubborn rusty nuts use PB Blaster.

For lubricating things like this or door hinges, use spray lithium grease.
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I'd never heard of PB Blaster or Duralube but both appear to be available every where including Walmart and Canadian Tire. Thanks for the tips.

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