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punkaccountant 06-30-2012 07:30 PM

Lubricate Scissor Jacks
What do you all use to lubricate your scissor jacks? Grease, WD-40? Thanks for your help!

campfirefun 06-30-2012 08:09 PM

I use the same Teflon I use on the slide gears

Rebel702 06-30-2012 09:42 PM

X2 and on the steps.

caper 06-30-2012 10:04 PM

WD-40 is not a lubricant.

amxpress 06-30-2012 10:22 PM

This is from the WD-40 website:

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.

KRS 06-30-2012 10:53 PM

I spray wd-40 on them for each use. Not oily enough to cause dirt buildup, but enough for one-time lubrication

SpringerPop 07-01-2012 01:43 AM

There are FAR better lubricants than WD, especially for this application. Far....

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


ken0042 07-01-2012 02:39 AM


Originally Posted by caper (Post 216939)
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.

SpringerPop 07-01-2012 02:52 AM

You could also use diesel "oil", but the long-term results would be about on-par with WD.


lindy 07-01-2012 06:45 AM

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.

MotocrossCamper 07-01-2012 08:03 AM

I don't use anything anymore. I lubed mine once and every one of them would back off on its own. I had to put a vise grip on every jack until I finally got it all cleaned off.

Herk7769 07-01-2012 10:26 AM

I use spray "DRY LUBE" (various manufacturers) on all my running gear (slides and stabilizers). Not greasy and does not attract dirt.

Spray it on; let dry and you are good to go.

judge3 07-05-2018 11:03 PM

I live on the Texas Gulf Coast. Everything rusts here. I need a lubricant that can handle this climate. Have tried a lot of the normal stuff but nothing last very long. When the threads on the scissor jacks get rusted up, cranking gets tough. Any thoughts?

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