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Old 06-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #15
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Yes the wash board zigzag. From the outside I just pulled the seal away gentally and sprayed with the red sprayer tube
(Included with the lube). I did bend it, 90 degree (some what) . I was not precise or exact, just sprayed around some. Like 3 seconds on each gib/wheel rail intersect. The small can of lube is plenty for doing that job many times over if needed. I plain on doing it once in the spring before the season.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:20 PM   #16
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If you pull the corner rubber seals back, you'll see what the picture shows. The bearing block that runs along the rack on the end of the slide. The bearing block holds the pinion gear that moves the rack, or slide in and out.
The bearing block sets on two gibs, one on each side of the V-wheel, and can move slightly, as the slide is extended or retracted, if the slide is not perfectly square and true.
The gib is attached to a rail that attaches to the coach wall and does not move.
All the white residue is the PTFE dry lubricant that was sprayed on the bearing block and gib.
The movement of the bearing block on the gib and movement of the pinion gear on the rack is where the creaking comes from.
You can't stop the movement, but you can lube it so you don't have to listen to it.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:07 PM   #17
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That's a great photo, thanks!
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Alack,

Great photo - for orientation, is that the bottom, left corner of that slide? (Standing outside, facing the slide?)

Thanks for finally clearing this issue up in my head.
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Standing outside, looking at the slide, that would the lower left hand corner in the picture, and the top right hand corner of the picture is the bottom of the slide.
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Hey Alan, I think there is a beer in your future!

The wife and I took a trip this last week and I had applied lubrication to the inside gib of my slide before we left. The change was significant. I was not able to apply the lube to the outside of the track but will next. I have a feeling applying the lube to both sides will completely take care of the noise.

Will have to figure out how I am going to make good on that beer.

You're the MAN!

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Sounds like a "Road Trip" coming up.
Really amazing how a little lube can make the ride so much more enjoyable.

One other thing I didn't mention was that I lubed the whole length of the racks when the slides were out. That gets lube where the pinion gear sets when the slide is in.
Also I lubed the grove above the rack gear, where the bearing block "hook" slides along as the slide moves.

After a ride or two, my theory for the Schwintek slide is: if there's an area that parts moves, lube it.

Glad to hear of your success. Many happy quiet miles ahead.
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