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Old 06-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Lubricate Scissor Jacks

What do you all use to lubricate your scissor jacks? Grease, WD-40? Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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I use the same Teflon I use on the slide gears
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #3
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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WD-40 is not a lubricant.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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This is from the WD-40 website:
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WD-40 Multi-Use Product fulfills five basic functions:
1. LUBRICATES: The product's lubricating ingredients are widely dispersed and tenaciously held to all moving parts
2. PENETRATES: WD-40 Multi-Use Product loosens rust-to-metal bonds and frees stuck, frozen or rusted metal parts.
3. PROTECTS: The product protects metal surfaces with corrosion-resistant ingredients to shield against moisture and other corrosive elements.
4. REMOVES: WD-40 Multi-Use Product gets under dirt, grime and grease. Use it to remove gunk from tools, equipment and vehicles. WD-40 Multi-Use Product in liquid form (e.g., gallon) also dissolves adhesives, allowing easy removal of excess bonding material.
5. DISPLACES MOISTURE: Because it displaces moisture, WD-40 Multi-Use Product quickly dries out electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits.
I have used WD-40 on my manual sissors jack, as well as the dry lube spray used on my slide rack gear.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:53 PM   #6
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I spray wd-40 on them for each use. Not oily enough to cause dirt buildup, but enough for one-time lubrication
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There are FAR better lubricants than WD, especially for this application. Far....

It has its place, but lubricating jackscrews isn't a good one.

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:39 AM   #8
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WD-40 is not a lubricant.
I suppose the more accurate wording would be WD-40 is not a permanant lubricant. Meaning it will lubricate for a short period of time. However it will remove any grease or other lubricant, and then evaporate itself.

So if you need to remove something that is rusty, WD-40 makes a great lubricant. However never use it for something permanant.
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You could also use diesel "oil", but the long-term results would be about on-par with WD.

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Old 07-01-2012, 07:45 AM   #10
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For as slow as the jack screw turns and as seldom as it is actually used I see no great neat to lube it all the time. It comes from the factory with a lub on it and that's all I use. I've not added any lube in the five years I owned my last trl. If I did lube it'd be a sylicone spray.
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