My 12 year old Price Club bargain has started to leak and I can't find a seal kit doing the cursory google search. I have never taken one of these kritters apart before and any advice on how attack this problem would be gratefully appreciated.
Had a similar problem with a 20 plus year old triolley jack just recently. I took the whole lot apart using an adjustable wrench and a vice - its no big deal, no special tools, gave it a thorough clean up with some turps and meths - amazing the amount of crud in the bore that builds up over that time period. I took the seal to the local auto repair shop (REPCO in Aus) and they had a seal off the shelf. The old seal had a definite flat spot on the bottom of it where the muck in the bore had been. I replaced the oil using some nice thick engine oil and its been working fine since.
Having just done a trolley jack the other day, they are pretty easy. You will need to pull the jack out of the frame - mine had 6 allen screws holding it in. There is a BIG nut on the top of the ram shroud. in my case the ram shroud was a piece of pipe which also threaded into the main body. Remove both the nut and the pipe - you will need a big spanner, a solid vice and a Stilson and rags to clean up spilt oil ;-) Go to local seal and bearing emporium and for $NZ10.58 (~$US6.60) they can match you up another one. Take the ram so they can check the size. New Zealanders can go to Seal House, East Tamaki. You may need to buy a bit of jack oil as well, although I have head of people using ATF or hydraulic oil. "assembly is the reverse of the previous section" Geoff
I repaired three jacks about 20 years ago, I found them VERY hard to take apart, I ended up at a jack repair place and had them break the threaded joint with their tools ( a LARGE vice and a 10-foot cheater on a special wrench), I had bought the repair kits from them and they were very good-natured about my chagrin from being unable to dissassemble the jack with my Sears vice and 18" pipe wrench. Steve