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Old 07-25-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Lippert jacks --- Heads up

I'm getting to know these jacks like the back of my hand. Latest issue the 2nd Trombetta went south. It is simply a dual coil 12 Volt Reversing Polarity DC Contactor, but made by Trombetta therefor the name. I call it a relay. Anyway I had replaced it last October and jacks worked fine all winter in my travels. Lately they were giving me trouble going up and got to a point that when they would go up the motor kept running until it tripped the 60 amp breaker. I tested the relay and sure enough it was stuck with one coil energized. I took it out and drilled the rivets out only to find water in the coils and rust. My jack motor assembly is right up front behind the grill. I replaced the Trombetta with a new one that I sealed with silicone and all is fine. It appears the rivets do not compress the rubber gasket enough to seal it from the weather.

I also sealed my motor seams after replacing 2 of them because of water.
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I really like it when a 'mechanic' takes the time to dig a little deeper into component failures to find out WHY it failed, and then come up with the solution to prevent future failures. Well done sir, hats off to you.
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I really like it when a 'mechanic' takes the time to dig a little deeper into component failures to find out WHY it failed, and then come up with the solution to prevent future failures. Well done sir, hats off to you.
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I read lots of messages where Trombetta brand relays have failed, so their quality has got to be suspect. A different replacement brand would be a wise choice, I think.
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I read lots of messages where Trombetta brand relays have failed, so their quality has got to be suspect. A different replacement brand would be a wise choice, I think.
Other than Trombetta all the others are cheaper and made in China. I think sealing the gasket will work. By the way I bought one by Trometta on Amizon for $68.
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