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Red pull hubs are stuck so I cannot adjust the rack to a different car. Any suggestions on getting those to loosen up.

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  • dr_bsand Jul 20, 2011

    Yes,
    I sprayed WD40 into locking mechanism once or twice. After a couple of days, it started working again.

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SILICONE SPRAY LUBRICANT. Contacted Yakima about same problem with stuck hubs. They recommended silicone spray lubricant (likely because it does not harm plastics). Shot some of it in each hub behind the red release triggers, and within a few seconds they were working better than new.

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I'm having the same problem! Did you ever find a solution? I was thinking of taking the whole rack apart.

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