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Old 06-24-2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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Replacing Jack Lift Springs

Need to replace springs on MH Leveling Jacks. Any suggestions on a safe method and what tool or tools you used?

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Old 06-24-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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Need to replace springs on MH Leveling Jacks. Any suggestions on a safe method and what tool or tools you used?

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Dont know haw safe this is but I extend jacks all the way put broom handle pieces or large bolts between opening then retract springs will fall off. To replace usually get long flat bar then just pry then new springs on.

Works for me, r0n
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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Good luck to you. Sorry I can't be exact but do a search on this site and you will find helpful hints. Rob and Deb had a good one that I have used. Don't want to deflate your bubble but do not be surprised if new springs are no help. BUT I hope you have success.
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Cleaning and a WD40 treatment helped my jack retracting problem.
Other members have used the sticks in the springs when extended, multiple strips of 3/8" plywood then pry the jack up, new spring have a helper install the strips while you pull the coils open with one end secured in a vice. Install the spring and extend the jack and the strips fall out.
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I was also having a little trouble with mine retracting up, and I cleaned them, and sprayed with WD-40, and now they go up MUCH better.
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I was also having a little trouble with mine retracting up, and I cleaned them, and sprayed with WD-40, and now they go up MUCH better.
I have fought with my jacks retracting for years. Replaced springs, spayed silicone, spayed WD40 in the end the best tool I have is the 8 foot 2by4 I care to assist when needed.

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Old 06-24-2014, 03:18 PM   #7
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WD-40 is useful for cleaning, but it's not a lubricant. And it can dry out seals. The manufacturers of most jacks suggest you lube them with a wipe down of ATF after cleaning.

Suggest you check the web site of the jack manufacturer for lubing procedures before replacing springs.

Springs CAN age and lose some strength over time but since you don't say how old your rig is can't really determine if yours might be one of those old enough to need new springs. Long term parking in very hot areas can affect spring life.
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WD-40 is useful for cleaning, but it's not a lubricant. And it can dry out seals. The manufacturers of most jacks suggest you lube them with a wipe down of ATF after cleaning.

Suggest you check the web site of the jack manufacturer for lubing procedures before replacing springs.

Springs CAN age and lose some strength over time but since you don't say how old your rig is can't really determine if yours might be one of those old enough to need new springs. Long term parking in very hot areas can affect spring life.
I would take issue with about WD 40 not being a lubricant. Further, the factory says to use WD 40. Would they do that knowingly if it dried out the seals? I doubt it.
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If your manual says to use WD-40, then by all means use it. Jacks I'm familiar with tell me to wipe down the shaft with a clean rag, then use ATF on a rag to lubricate.
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I would take issue with about WD 40 not being a lubricant. Further, the factory says to use WD 40. Would they do that knowingly if it dried out the seals? I doubt it.
Having a long history with HWH, the factory has changed there opinion over time. That is the problem. 8 foot long 2/4 best helper. I think possibly there are defects in some systems as some people never have any problem.

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Unless you're using a dry lube, any other spray on like WD40 has to be wiped off otherwise it becomes a dirt magnet. My HWH jacks are 14yrs. old and work great. I spray them down with WD40 and wipe down 3-4 times a year.
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I think the OP question was about removing the springs. I just did mine on HWH jacks. I left the jack retracted and put a floor jack under one side of the foot. When I pushed up on that side of the foot as it pivoted, I was able to easily remove the spring. Did the same thing to put new one on. It took five minutes. Good luck.
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I thought I needed to replace the springs on one of my jacks. Found out later it was un-needed. Anyway I extended the jack then stuck shims in, being sure to alternate the way I put them in. If you don't the spring will bow. Once the shims are in retract jack til the spring is loose. To put shims in the new spring, I tied one end to my cars bumper, the other to the hitch and backed up a little so shims could be put in place, again alternating placement. Played around with the jack to get it in the right place, and hooked it up to the pad. Extended the jack til the shims fell out. It was actually faster to do than it sounds.
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