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Old 03-14-2009, 02:30 PM   #15
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Ok; got both wheels off, both brakes have lots of lining left, I can tell you one thing, those wheels are sure are heavy, this old 76 year old geaser ain't what he used to be. but I did get them back on.

once again thanks for the help guyes.

now I have only one more thing to get this motorhome ready for the road, my right front jack doesn't want to come up without some help, I replaced the springs and I thought that fixed the problem, it worked great for a half dozen times then it started the same old thing again. I called HWH they said to take the hose off the top of the jack, if it doesn't go up then its the jack and they can replace it for $140 (of course I would have to do it myself) thats no big deal, I'll give that a try tomorrow. if that doesn't work I'll go to the next step.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:20 PM   #16
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when the jacks are down next time, spray the shafts with silicon lube, wipe it off then spray again. then retract the jacks. i use amway silicon lube with good results.
recently, there has been some controversy about what to lube the jack shafts with. some say to use wd-40 now.
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Dan; I've tried three different silicon sprays; they didn't work; tried WD40 that didn't work, tried vasoline, that didn't work. I wiped the shaft after each try. doesn't really make sence, after I put the new springs on it seemed to work fine.
I can force the jack up with a 2 by 4; shouldn't have to do that.
I'll take the hose loose at the jack tomarrow and see what happens; I removed the hose next to the controls for that jack and the jack stayed down. has to be the hose or the jack; I'll find out tomorrow.
thanks for the interest
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:07 PM   #18
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Heres the latest----put the jack up, tried one more time with the lubes --no luck ---finally ran the jack down hit the store; jack went up partway just like always. took the hose off the top of jack---jack still stayed still---gave it a little nuge with the 2 by 4; fluid goes everywhere and jack goes all the way up. looks to me like a sticky jack; I sent an email to HWH I'll wait for a reply from them, but it sure looks to me like I'll be replacing that jack.
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Take a look at the springs. Probably need to be replaced. Good luck.
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Sorry for the reply, did not see you already replaced springs. Im getting old to.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #21
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replaced the jack with a new one $200 from HWH works now----cross my fingers that it keeps working.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:31 AM   #22
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While they are off, you also need to lubricate the caliper slides. I have heard that is the #1 cause of brake failure on the Ford chassis.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:36 PM   #23
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F-53 with 19.5 wheels should be torqued to 140 ft-lbs. Lug nuts are a piece of cake to remove compared to the caliper bracket bolts on rigs with disc brakes. If you have to remove rotors for turning or replacement, you will need 3/4 or preferably 1" drive socket to remove the caliper bracket bolts. Consider flushing and installing new brake fluid.
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If I were you and you have the wheels off and hubs id repak the bearings. And i agree preventitive maint. is a great thing to do and will keep you off the back of a tow truck.
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