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Old 06-21-2018, 11:00 AM   #1
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ORV Squealing Slide

My curbside living room slide has developed a loud, higher pitched squeal on extension.

I have to admit that I'm a bit of a slide dummy, I know a little, but not a lot mainly because I've never actually been able to put my eyes on all of the bits and pieces to clearly understand how they work.

Uhmm, so, should I be concerned here? I'm leaving in 5 days for a 2 month extended stay. I'll try to get some video and audio of the squeal later today. Otherwise, the slide appears to operate perfectly normal.

My wife says the squeal has always been there, but I don't recall it being this bad before.
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Ours does this as well. I've lubed the slide rails, which reduced it somewhat, but it's definitely still there. Like yours, it operates normally, but there's a rub mark on the top of the rail, which I'm pretty sure is the result of whatever is creating the sound. I have not opened anything up to dig into it further.

Edited to add that ours is a slide with the rails on the bottom. There is no sign of anything on the toothed part.
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Ours does this as well. I've lubed the slide rails, which reduced it somewhat, but it's definitely still there. Like yours, it operates normally, but there's a rub mark on the top of the rail, which I'm pretty sure is the result of whatever is creating the sound. I have not opened anything up to dig into it further.

Edited to add that ours is slide with the rails on the bottom. There is no sign of anything on the toothed part.
Same. This slide is on the rails with teeth. And the only thing I can see is that the rail itself rides on two rollers each.
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Is your the Schwintek a two rail / rack & pinion system? Are we even supposed to "lube" the aluminum rails?


You got me thinking...So I called Thompson's...Yes, if those aluminum rails are looking dry, spray some silicon one them..as silicon will not attract dirt...
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Is your the Schwintek a two rail / rack & pinion system? Are we even supposed to "lube" the aluminum rails?
This particular slide is the rack and pinion.

My other two slides are Schw.. I have to admit I actually like the way they work too.. I didn't think I would.
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When you take in and put out the slide you should keep it running for 3 seconds after it is fully open/closed. This will align the system.

Check the manual on what I wrote. It is from memory.
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We had the same issue about 3 months into our new purchase of the GP.

Found that the rollers had picked up some dirt or road junk and were leaving track marks on the bottom of the slide.

Cleaned all that off and polished the bottom of the slide with Meguires 50.
Then sprayed all the gear racks and slide seals with silicone. That ended the squealing slide issue for me.
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My other two slides are Schw.. I have to admit I actually like the way they work too.. I didn't think I would.
I agree also...My last two Aerolite units, the slides (above the frame slides) would "wobble" a lot as they came in or out...


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When you take in and put out the slide you should keep it running for 3 seconds after it is fully open/closed. This will align the system.
Does that apply to Schwintek slides ? or just a generalization for all slides.
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When you take in and put out the slide you should keep it running for 3 seconds after it is fully open/closed. This will align the system.

Check the manual on what I wrote. It is from memory.
That only works on the Schwintek type slides that have multiple motors. On the rack type they are preset from the factory and only have one motor.
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We had the same issue about 3 months into our new purchase of the GP.

Found that the rollers had picked up some dirt or road junk and were leaving track marks on the bottom of the slide.

Cleaned all that off and polished the bottom of the slide with Meguires 50.
Then sprayed all the gear racks and slide seals with silicone. That ended the squealing slide issue for me.
Were the rollers inside the body at all? If so, what did you have to open up to access the point where the rollers are?
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Were the rollers inside the body at all? If so, what did you have to open up to access the point where the rollers are?
I can see the rollers that the slide arms roll on clearly from outside and underneath the slide when extended.

I purchased some silicone spray, but haven't used it yet.
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Were the rollers inside the body at all? If so, what did you have to open up to access the point where the rollers are?
Extend your slide and move the lower seal...you can see them.

I sprayed a mixture of dawn/water and soaked them. Then moved the slide in and out a couple of times, cleaned the bottom of the slide and polished it. Found the dealer had not removed all the shrink wrap from something, and it got wound up on the rollers.

No squeeking!
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Extend your slide and move the lower seal...you can see them.

I sprayed a mixture of dawn/water and soaked them. Then moved the slide in and out a couple of times, cleaned the bottom of the slide and polished it. Found the dealer had not removed all the shrink wrap from something, and it got wound up on the rollers.

No squeeking!
I'll certainly have to take a deeper look
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I can see the rollers that the slide arms roll on clearly from outside and underneath the slide when extended.

I purchased some silicone spray, but haven't used it yet.
I use dry graphite spray on my rack and pinon slide. No slide problems for 4 yrs on each of two trailers. (Lac, that's 8 years total. )

Wiper seals sometimes squeal if they, and the surface they wipe, are not cleaned and "lubricated".

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