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Old 11-09-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Jack Retraction

I remember seeing a home made jig that was made to pry up the slow moving jacks. Does anyone know where this is posted? Thanks, Tom

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Old 11-10-2014, 08:18 AM   #2
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That was an old post , if I'm thinking of the same one.
2X4 with a plywood curved pivot, and a metal pry point to go under the jack plate.
Think the post name was a pun on teeter totter. I'll dig around to see if I can track it down.

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Old 11-10-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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What works for me is a paint can and a pry bar.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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I carry a 2x4 of the right length and a short 4x4 to use as a pry bar and fulcrum. I have found that if I keep the shaft lubed with a light coating of ATF, the jacks do a good job of retracting.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:39 PM   #5
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Sorry, I can't post a picture right now. I picked up a wheel barrel handle at Tractor Supply and attached a wedge shaped 2x4 about 8 inches long to the squared off end. The pointed end slips under the pad easy enough to start and then acts as the pivot point on the far side as I pull up on the handle. Actually I think the best way was to attach the 8 to 10 inch piece of 2x4 flush with the end of the handle then cut the handle and attached 2x4 at a sharp angle, leaving about 3 inches of the 2x4uncut to act as your fulcrum. I found the hard wood doesn't need any metal reinforcement. YMMV.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:56 PM   #6
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What did when one of Jack's would not retract is I started the coach and allowed the air bags to inflate. I than placed blocks of wood under the Jack then dumped the air and allowed the bags to fill and repeated the more wooden blocks until the Jack was fully retracted.

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