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Posted: 12/22/18 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am having trouble getting the jacks on the drivers side to retract, the ones on the passenger side came back in without any problem. Anyone have any ideas what I should do? All jacks were fully extended before this problem.


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As your jacks are now 10+ years old, you will find that the motors on all your jacks will need attention. Fortunately in most cases, there is nothing required besides disassembly, cleaning, and lubricating. To get a sticky one running, usually just crawling under and taking a pliers to the motor shaft and rotating it a little will get the jack running again but unless you do the maintenance, it WILL fail again and quite quickly. There are good youtube videos out there. What you will do is remove the electric motor, clean the brushes and brush rigging, and put some fresh grease on the gears. Over time, carbon and dirt build up make the brushes sticky in their guides and they fail to make contact with the commutator. A little time consuming but not difficult job.

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Posted: 12/26/18 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the help. I got under the RV and the motors turned freely by hand, but the legs didn't go up. I then got by inside & started the engine & placed the trans in neutral, and all the legs came up. The manual didn't say anything about using the neutral position.

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Good to hear you figured it out.

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You had to go through reverse to get to neutral that’s what did it. Any gear will cause an auto retract.





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cwit wrote:

You had to go through reverse to get to neutral that’s what did it. Any gear will cause an auto retract.

Thanks for the info.

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