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Jack service
#1365419 Thu Jun 18 2020 02:32 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
My hydraulic jacks live outside around the perimeter of the lift. They had pretty much quit working. Went out while it was cool this morning and filled them with tractor hydraulic fluid. Brushed the dirt off and all but one are now working as they should. I have the mechanism soaking in PB Blaster. What do you guys do to maintain your jacks?

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Re: Jack service
Justhorsenround #1365433 Thu Jun 18 2020 03:55 PM
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I store them inside...they have lasted for decades with no maintenance.

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Re: Jack service
Justhorsenround #1365842 Sun Jun 21 2020 05:39 PM
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Once a year I check things in the shop from my wood working saws and stuff to air tools to jacks. Check fluids, oil/grease wheels and wipe them all down with a cloth. Some may get it a little more often. I'm not a neat freak but i like things pretty clean and in good working order or its fixed or disposed off.

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Re: Jack service
Justhorsenround #1365849 Sun Jun 21 2020 06:24 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
I'm down to two jacks. Both live under my tool box when not in use. I inspect before using and try to fix them when they need it. My old and heavy steel 1 1/2 ton finally gave out after 30 years. I tried fixing it but that would have required more money than it was worth and more than a replacement. I replaced it with a Harbor Freight 3 ton aluminum jack. We'll see how many years I get out of this one!! At least my back will be happier.

Re: Jack service
Justhorsenround #1366573 Fri Jun 26 2020 08:15 PM
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My 3.5 ton did me well for years. Last week I loaned it to my neighbour who wanted to raise the front of his 1977 GMC motor home to pull the wheels. He had a struggle with it.
Now I notice pools of fluid under the end by the handle.

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