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very stiff corner steadies



 
 
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Old June 5th 06, 09:18 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
bob watkinson
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Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick

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Old June 5th 06, 09:30 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Adrian Brentnall
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Default very stiff corner steadies

HI Bob

On 5 Jun 2006 14:18:33 -0700, "bob watkinson"
wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Maybe someting a bit 'thinner' - like penetrating oil or WD40 -
then re-grease with (er) grease once you've cleaned off the old,
congealed stuff.

I guess someting like parafin worked in with an old paintbrush might
do the 'cleaning up' bit ?? - or maybe a heatgun used carefully to
melt off the old stuff ?

You've probably got grease mixed with sand / dust / etc there at the
moment.... - with your new grease on top g

Regards
Adrian


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Old June 5th 06, 09:30 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Adrian Brentnall
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Default very stiff corner steadies

HI Bob

On 5 Jun 2006 14:18:33 -0700, "bob watkinson"
wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Maybe someting a bit 'thinner' - like penetrating oil or WD40 -
then re-grease with (er) grease once you've cleaned off the old,
congealed stuff.

I guess someting like parafin worked in with an old paintbrush might
do the 'cleaning up' bit ?? - or maybe a heatgun used carefully to
melt off the old stuff ?

You've probably got grease mixed with sand / dust / etc there at the
moment.... - with your new grease on top g

Regards
Adrian


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Old June 5th 06, 09:30 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Adrian Brentnall
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Default very stiff corner steadies

HI Bob

On 5 Jun 2006 14:18:33 -0700, "bob watkinson"
wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Maybe someting a bit 'thinner' - like penetrating oil or WD40 -
then re-grease with (er) grease once you've cleaned off the old,
congealed stuff.

I guess someting like parafin worked in with an old paintbrush might
do the 'cleaning up' bit ?? - or maybe a heatgun used carefully to
melt off the old stuff ?

You've probably got grease mixed with sand / dust / etc there at the
moment.... - with your new grease on top g

Regards
Adrian


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Old June 5th 06, 10:26 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dougal
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Default very stiff corner steadies

bob watkinson wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Grease will never do the job.

As Adrian suggests, you need something thinner to start the process.
WD40 doesn't do a particularly good job at heavy duty penetrating. Add
diesel to the list.

Once things are moving ordinary engine oil will do fine. Make sure
that you apply it not just to the thread of the leadscrew and nut but
to all moving parts of the linkage and the non-drive end of the leadscrew.

Operate the screw several times throughout its full range of travel
until you are happy that it's free. Add more oil as required. That may
involve having the hitch on the ground and as far up in the air as
possible.

Clean off all the crud and relubricate everything - I see no advantage
in using grease, engine oil works fine. Repeat the operation before
storing the 'van if you have an 'end of the season'.

You don't mention whether the steadies ever worked satisfactorily.
Don't rule out the possibility of mechanical problems and bent bits.





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Old June 5th 06, 10:26 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dougal
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Default very stiff corner steadies

bob watkinson wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Grease will never do the job.

As Adrian suggests, you need something thinner to start the process.
WD40 doesn't do a particularly good job at heavy duty penetrating. Add
diesel to the list.

Once things are moving ordinary engine oil will do fine. Make sure
that you apply it not just to the thread of the leadscrew and nut but
to all moving parts of the linkage and the non-drive end of the leadscrew.

Operate the screw several times throughout its full range of travel
until you are happy that it's free. Add more oil as required. That may
involve having the hitch on the ground and as far up in the air as
possible.

Clean off all the crud and relubricate everything - I see no advantage
in using grease, engine oil works fine. Repeat the operation before
storing the 'van if you have an 'end of the season'.

You don't mention whether the steadies ever worked satisfactorily.
Don't rule out the possibility of mechanical problems and bent bits.





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Old June 5th 06, 10:26 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dougal
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Default very stiff corner steadies

bob watkinson wrote:

Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick


Grease will never do the job.

As Adrian suggests, you need something thinner to start the process.
WD40 doesn't do a particularly good job at heavy duty penetrating. Add
diesel to the list.

Once things are moving ordinary engine oil will do fine. Make sure
that you apply it not just to the thread of the leadscrew and nut but
to all moving parts of the linkage and the non-drive end of the leadscrew.

Operate the screw several times throughout its full range of travel
until you are happy that it's free. Add more oil as required. That may
involve having the hitch on the ground and as far up in the air as
possible.

Clean off all the crud and relubricate everything - I see no advantage
in using grease, engine oil works fine. Repeat the operation before
storing the 'van if you have an 'end of the season'.

You don't mention whether the steadies ever worked satisfactorily.
Don't rule out the possibility of mechanical problems and bent bits.





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Old June 6th 06, 02:56 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Stewart
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Default very stiff corner steadies

Do not force them otherwise you might pull one of the restraining screws out
of the floor. If you can adapt a power drill then once clean it is
worthwhile to "zip" them up and down several times, help the movement.


"bob watkinson" wrote in message
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Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick



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Old June 6th 06, 02:56 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Stewart
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Default very stiff corner steadies

Do not force them otherwise you might pull one of the restraining screws out
of the floor. If you can adapt a power drill then once clean it is
worthwhile to "zip" them up and down several times, help the movement.


"bob watkinson" wrote in message
oups.com...
Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick



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Old June 6th 06, 02:56 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Stewart
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Posts: 338
Default very stiff corner steadies

Do not force them otherwise you might pull one of the restraining screws out
of the floor. If you can adapt a power drill then once clean it is
worthwhile to "zip" them up and down several times, help the movement.


"bob watkinson" wrote in message
oups.com...
Any tips on how to free off very stiff corner steadies. liberal doses
of grease doesn't seam to do the trick



 



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