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Old 10-22-2020, 12:22 PM   #1
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Jack Pad Bent?

While measuring my jack pads for Snap Pads I noticed one of my pads is bent.

Will I be able to straighten this or will the steel be hard to do it? I was thinking of lowering the jack down far enough where I could beat on it with a hammer. I don't want to do more damage to it just to be able to use a Snap Pad.
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It might be easier to remove the pad and work on it out in the open. Follow some of the instructions for changing the springs that show how to wedge pieces of wood in the springs to get slack.
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Mine do not have springs, but I need to look to see how the pad would come off the jack.
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I bent one once, and I just smacked it back close with a hammer. Don't overthink it. it's no big deal.
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Mine do not have springs, but I need to look to see how the pad would come off the jack.
Yours sound like what I have and there is a nut under the bottom of the pad.
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Take the pad off and work on it. If you beat on it on the coach you might damage the cylinder. Take the pad to someone who has a hydraulic press best way to fix it. You have a nut on the bottom.
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When I got my Snap Pads I had one foot that was bent. I removed it and had a friend put it on hydraulic press. It straightened it somewhat but the Snap Pad would not stay on kept falling off. I called Snap Pad and they had their own replacement jack foot for my rig. They sent it to me and I installed it and it worked great. Try calling them and see if they have a replacement pad for your rig.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:28 AM   #8
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Take the pad off and work on it. If you beat on it on the coach you might damage the cylinder. Take the pad to someone who has a hydraulic press best way to fix it. You have a nut on the bottom.
Thanks for the location of the nut. Was it hard to get off? My neighbor has tried to remove one of his pads and he could not.
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It probably depends on the quality (and cost) of the jack system. I bent one on my Equalizer jack system and the pad was much too hard to straighten with hand tools. My jacks are rated at 16,000 lbs each, so I figure the pressure that bent it was a lot more than I can create with a 2 lb hammer on an anvil.


It also took a 400 lb air impact wrench to remove the bolt that held the pad in place.
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It probably depends on the quality (and cost) of the jack system. I bent one on my Equalizer jack system and the pad was much too hard to straighten with hand tools. My jacks are rated at 16,000 lbs each, so I figure the pressure that bent it was a lot more than I can create with a 2 lb hammer on an anvil.


It also took a 400 lb air impact wrench to remove the bolt that held the pad in place.
These are my concerns. First can I get the pad off? Secondly can I bend it back correctly?
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My advice is to buy a new pad, even if you can fix the damaged one for interim use.
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My advice is to buy a new pad, even if you can fix the damaged one for interim use.
I have to get it off first. It is raining here, so I cannot check.
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I have to get it off first. It is raining here, so I cannot check.
It's not raining under the coach, you'll only get wet crawling under.

In all seriousness, if you can, spray some rust releasing lubricant and let it sit for a few days, before you try and remove it.
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If it’s held on with a bolt from the bottom it will have Locktight on the treads. Only way to remove the bolt will to heat the bolt up to about 600 degrees quickly.
That’s not a lot of heat.
Best would be a ox/ act torch so it come up to temp quickly so it doesn’t transfer to the cylinder.
If you don’t use heat it will take a lot of torque to break it loose.

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