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Old 03-18-2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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Big Mistake I used WD-40 on my Hyd. Jacks

After researching on this site about Hyd. leveling jacks I mistakenly used WD-40 on my chrome extenders. I haven't retracted them yet. What can I use to remove the WD-40? I was told by a friend that vinegar should work? HELP!
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I would think that all you have to do is wipe them off with a clean rag, paying particular attention to the top where the seals are. However, there is nothing wrong with cleaning your jacks with WD-40 as long as you wipe them off.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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Rubbing alcohol, then wipe them down with tranny fluid/silicon spray (which ever).
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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Okay, I'll bite: what is wrong with leaving WD 40 on the rod? And difference in silicone spray and WD 40.
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funny I've always sprayed them at the beginning of each season with wd40 and never had any problems.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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I was told WD-40 will destroy the rubber seals and O-rings!
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Whoever told you WD40 was bad was pulling your leg or has no idea what the product is. Spray it on and wipe it off with a clean rag.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:22 AM   #8
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I spray mine every time before they are retracted w/WD40...

15 year old HWH jacks...no problems.

BIG MISTAKE to leave rods cleaned w/solvent and dry...will kill the seals.

Helps keep RUST & PITS at bay.
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I read about the bad effects of WD-40 here on this rv site.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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I spray mine every time before they are retracted w/WD40...

15 year old HWH jacks...no problems.
Well, now you've done it ... the hex is in effect .... might as well order new jacks right now
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I read about the bad effects of WD-40 here on this rv site.
WD40 is maybe not the best spray lube on the market but it certainly will not do damage to your jacks. Check the FAQ from this HWH site. Particularly #55.

HWH FAQ
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Okay, I'll bite: what is wrong with leaving WD 40 on the rod?
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That is good question!

The following is a quote from the "Operating Instructions" of my RVA jack Owner's Manual:
"When jacks are fully extended, occasionally wipe dirt from the jack ram/rod.
This will help lengthen life of jack.
WD-40 will serve as a solvent as well as a lubricant".


(See: www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCYQ FjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.serenitysys.com%2Fbeaver %2Farchives%2FRVA%2520Leveling%2520owners%2520manu al.pdf&ei=XWYoU_CuEYnwyQG444F4&usg=AFQjCNEmHyEIf6z IXVjdz4h7znuXasdETw&sig2=299SgQmMEgIMZhuCkgywBQ&bv m=bv.62922401,d.aWc ....(page 4, paragraph 5).


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WD40 is maybe not the best spray lube on the market but it certainly will not do damage to your jacks. Check the FAQ from this HWH site. Particularly #55.

HWH FAQ
Thanks for the info.. Certainly settled that debate.
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I use the lithium spray works great for all things
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