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Old 04-12-2015, 11:09 AM   #1
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Slide Noise and Lubrication Question

I have used my new rig only about 5 times so far in the 3 months of buying it but this last time bringing it back to the storage lot where I keep it the passenger side slide was really making a loud squeeking sound as I hit small bumps in the road. I had my wife drive part of the way and I could see where the side was moving and squeeking on those road bumps. My question is, is that normal? or should I have the dealer look at it? Is there a lubrication procedure needed to stop that noise that I am unaware of. If so what should be used and should it be done on a regular bassis like a monthly maintance type thing. Whats the consensus amoungst all the Winnie experts out there?

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Old 04-12-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Leave the switch on a couple of seconds after fully extended or retracted may help.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:45 PM   #3
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My slide behind the driver's seat squeaks, too. The slide seems to operate without problems, though. I heard that lubing the area where the slide motors connect to the drive shafts can help. I purchased a can of CRC Power Lube with PTFE to try before I go out on my next trip. Hopefully it helps.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:37 PM   #4
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I have used my new rig only about 5 times so far in the 3 months of buying it but this last time bringing it back to the storage lot where I keep it the passenger side slide was really making a loud squeeking sound as I hit small bumps in the road. I had my wife drive part of the way and I could see where the side was moving and squeeking on those road bumps. My question is, is that normal? or should I have the dealer look at it? Is there a lubrication procedure needed to stop that noise that I am unaware of. If so what should be used and should it be done on a regular bassis like a monthly maintance type thing. Whats the consensus amoungst all the Winnie experts out there?

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Hi Dave
The noise I believe you are hearing is the baring block moving on the gib.
The following lubrication procedure is likely to stop it completely if done correctly.



It will come back and need to be redone.

I recently drove 4400 miles and on my return home I noticed that annoying squeaking. I used the CRC to lube the gib and the noise stopped for about 300 miles only to come back.
Here is what I believe is happening. There is only a slight amount of clearance between the bearing block groove that is designed to ride on the gib. From the original factory install things settle. With this settling the gib to bearing block clearance disappears and now we have metal to metal ware. This is why I believe the lube only works for a few hundred miles. I believe that if the gib was lowered 1/16 to 1/8" by lowering the rail, the noise would not return.

I will be correcting this and will keep you informed.

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Old 04-12-2015, 07:32 PM   #5
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i also had the slide squeak, installed slide locks and noise went away
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Great info everyone Thanks
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:29 PM   #7
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PTFE can also be found in sprays other than CRC's Power Lube. For example Dupont has trademarked the word "Teflon" which is their word for Polytetrafluoroethylene - Their spray is every bit as good.
Just make sure you get the type that is dry to the touch and not mixed with anything else - eg; silicone.
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i also had the slide squeak, installed slide locks and noise went away
I've got the squeak too. Always have. Winnie gave me slide locks, but I've cranked them pretty good and I still get the noise.
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I sprayed the CRC Power lube as directed, and most of the noise went away. Just small clicking now. I wish that would go away as well, but even with the slide locks in place, still clicks.

Caution: More is maybe not better. I now have the lube coming out unto the paint below the slide, messing up the finish. I probably gave it a 5 count of spray, top and bottom of the top rail, and top and bottom of the bottom rail. It was too much.

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Old 04-13-2015, 05:49 PM   #10
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It will be interesting to see how long the squeaking stays away. I'll probably lube mine this weekend for a trip the following weekend. I currently don't have slide locks, maybe I need to invest in some.
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don't know if it makes a difference, i install slide locks at the bottom of slide
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:33 PM   #12
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My Minni Winni slide squeaks like crazy. Question: is it the drive mechanism or the weather stripping that making all the noise? My old winni slide made no noise at all for 8 years but both new ones are noisy. Newest is only 1 month old and squeaking like crazy.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:53 PM   #13
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GRTHarris,

Do you have slide locks on your full wall slide? I have the same coach as you do and I don't. Please advise

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Old 06-08-2015, 03:06 PM   #14
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Squeaks

I do not know about slide locks but will look into them. The squeaks are very annoying. I lubed the rubber seals last night and thought I had it licked as it was silent this morning but in the heat of the day it started again. I dumped my last unit because of slide noise and here I go again. My 06 outlook never made a sound in 8 years of use and now I cannot get away from it. Headed to factory in a few days.
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