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Old 09-28-2009, 10:24 AM   #1
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Question Wipe Jack rams off before retracting?

I read something that suggested: To prevent grim from being pulled up into the cylinder, jack rams should be wiped off before retracting.

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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They have limited exposure to the elements. I have yet to camp thru a weather thumper that could get debris on the shiny part. Mine sits high & dry, even in a torential rain.

If you do elect to wipe them..be sure to not leave any wet lube. My HWH rep says if you WD-40'em; just wipe it dry before retracting. Ditto for silicone lube. Tranny fluid is the same as inside the system.

I always look 'em over for any grit or grime and have occasionally wiped one with a kleenex. It's up to you. It certainly not going to be harmful.

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Old 09-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #3
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Crawling under can be a challenge. Although I've been under there many times already for various things. Maybe it wouldn't hurt now and then or if there is a lot of accumilation on the shiny part.
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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Hi Batman_777,
Consider calling HWH and asking for their latest recommendation. In the last two years, the HWH people giving their rally seminars have said spray, but do not wipe. This has changed, depending on who is giving the presentation. For me, I don't think it matters one way or the other. I spray but do not wipe the jack cylinders.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:11 PM   #5
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I have the Kwikee levelers. Thet said to use a clean rag to wipe them down with Dextron - which is what they use for hydraulic fluid .
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I also have the Kwikee levelers and the manual states that if sitting for a long time it is a good idea to wipe them down using tranny fluid.

Now, depending on where I'm parked will depend on what get's on them. If on gravel, grass, or dirt, and it has rained, splatter "will" give them a light coating of grime. Just a blowing rain will also give them a slight coating. If in doubt, I'll wipe them down just as a precaution to a piece of grit getting past the wiper seal.

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