Intro: How to Replace a Pivoting Tongue Jack
This instructable is going to show you how to replace a pivoting tongue jack.
The pivoting tongue jack is the thing in the front of the trailer that keeps the front end up in the air when it is not connected to a truck or something else that is towing it.
Let's first examine the name of this item so we understand what we are working on: "Pivoting Tongue Jack". The "pivoting" part of the name is because the wheel can actually pivot 90 degrees once you have it connected to your truck so that the wheel doesn't drag when you drive down the road. "tongue" is the technical name for the part of the trailer that sticks out in front of it, similar to the way your tongue sticks out of you mouth. Finally, the term "jack" is in the name, as it lifts up and down to help lift the trailer onto the truck balls when you crank the handle. That is known as a jack.
Step 1: Get Your Tools!
A socket and wrench are desirable or even two sockets if you have them.
You will need to look at your particular jack to see what size sockets you need.
Step 2: Get Your Replacement Part
You might be able to find a used replacement, I had to buy a new one.
Be sure to know the size and location on the tongue of the trailer where it will be mounted and know how much weight your trailer is rated for.
Getting a pivoting tongue jack that is too small will result in failure down the road.
Step 3: Remove the Old Jack
Remove the old pivoting tongue jack. My new pivoting tongue jack came with all the mounting hardware, so I did not need to reuse any of the bolts or nuts. Be sure to check what comes with yours. If any of the old hardware needs to be reused, now would be a good time to inspect and replace anything that is worn.
You will need to start the nuts and bolts with your tools. Once they get loose enough you can use your hands much quicker, in my opinion.
Step 4: Inspect and Prepare for the New Jack
Once removed, inspect the tongue for any damage or issue that might need to be cared for before installing the new jack.
Step 5: Familiarize Your Self With the New Hardware
note the size of the hardware as nuts and bolts sizes may be different from the old hardware.
The new hardware will mount similar to the old hardware. My new hardware had several holes that could be used for mounting to account for different tongue sizes.
Step 6: Install the New Jack!
Install the new jack using the holes that are appropriate for your tongue size. You do not want any gaps, or to see anything being bent when you tighten it.