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Old 08-11-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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HWH Hydraulic Leak - can't pinpoint the leak

I have an HWH hydraulic leak that I can't pinpoint. It is coming from somewhere inside the HWH compartment behind the driver's side front wheel. The leak first appeared after I extended and retracted each of the front living room slides while I had the coach in storage; the jacks were not extended, since the storage area floor is completely level. Immediately afterwards, a large puddle of hydraulic fluid appeared on the storage area floor.

The problem is that I can't get my head or hands inside this HWH compartment enough to see or feel where the leak originates from. I do have access from the small HWH side door on the coach and a small removable panel to the HWH compartment from the basement, but this is not sufficient to see clearly what is happening. I've used a flashlight and taken pictures with a digital camera to try to see where the problem is, but I can't pinpoint it. There is clearly HWH fluid in the bottom of the pan that the HWH pump, manifold, and solenoids sit in.

Any suggestions on how to pinpoint this problem?

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:14 PM   #2
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gotta clean the leak inside the compartment and then run the slide in/out. Its likely one of three things- the solenoid(s) for extend or/(and) retract, the hose connection(s) for the extend/(retract), or the plugs/fittings on top of the manifold. Many reports of the brass hex plugs on top w/missing or broken o-rings. If the leak is new, and its coming from the top, likely the o-ring(s) broke on the brass plug(s).
A mirror on an extendable handle (along w/the flashlight) works wonders for working in a dark, small cave like this. Sears has such on the shelf.
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