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Old 06-19-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Problem with Front Jack Pads

As you can see from my sig, I have an 03 Dutchstar, Spartan chassis.
If I make a sharp turn and there happens to be a bump in the road, (either left or right turns) I will hear a CLUNK and know that the tire/mudflap has hit the Jack Pad and disloged it from the jack. Then it is crawl under and wrestle the pad back on by overcoming the spring pressure. A lot of huffing & puffing and cursing.
I have gotten to where I am careful about making sharp turns but every once in a while, it will happen and the air turns blue.
Anyone else have this issue? If so, what have you done to fix the problem?
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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jack pad solution

dennis, i have encountered this problem before. its because the jacks are mounted a little too far forward. the solution is to cut the corner off the foot. this will not affect the pad area very much. measure back two inches from each corner nearest the tire. cut at a diagonal across the corner. this should give you the clearance you need to stop the rubbing. i haven't found it affects the in integrity of the foot. hope this helps.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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dennis, i have encountered this problem before. its because the jacks are mounted a little too far forward. the solution is to cut the corner off the foot. this will not affect the pad area very much. measure back two inches from each corner nearest the tire. cut at a diagonal across the corner. this should give you the clearance you need to stop the rubbing. i haven't found it affects the in integrity of the foot. hope this helps.
Makes perfect sense. I will get out the torch and cut some off. Should keep the blood vessels from poping out of my forehead! I had thought of moving the jack but this is MUCH easier.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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I know you hate dealing with those springs , but this may be a situation , where removing the pad and working on the bench , might be safer and you'll be able to do a neater job. JMHO. I hate sparks in my covies.
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I curious what idiot installed the jacks?
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There is a thread on removing/replacing those springs.

Put the jack all the way down and use wood shims (paint stirrers, door frame shims, lathes) to keep the spring extended. Raise the jack and slide the shoe off.

Reverse to put it back on. Will save a lot of grunting and prying!
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Well, I guess the idiot was the guy at Newmar back in 2003. What can we say about that?
Thanks for the tip on getting the springs off.
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