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Use these main­te­nance tips to pre­vent your marine trailer tongue jack from fail­ing pre­ma­turely: • Al­ways re­tract the jack so that the in­ner tube is at least half­way into the outer tube be­fore at­tempt­ing to move your boat around.

When the in­ner tube is ex­posed, it’s not sup­ported by the outer tube. This will cause pre­ma­ture fail­ure of the lift mech­a­nism. • Lu­bri­cate the mov­ing parts of the jack and its outer sur­face with a wa­ter­proof lu­bri­cant like sil­i­cone. If your jack has a grease fit­ting (zerk), lu­bri­cate it with wa­ter­proof marine grease.

• If you store your boat on the trailer, place a chock or board un­der the dolly wheel. This keeps it from sink­ing into the earth or pave­ment and de­form­ing as a re­sult.

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