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Old 10-25-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

We are on our first big trip and are in Albuquerque NM where we have developed our first (probably of many future) problems. Wed have developed a small hydraulic leak on a igh pressure line feeding the piston located in the basement comaprtment directly next to the hydraulic pump. It looks like the fitting was never crimped correctly and is making a mess in the basement. It isn't a large leak, but it enough that the leveling jacks will bleed down within a for to five hours. We are curently trying to get a repair service to fix the problem, but it is Saturday.

My real question is that I noticed the steering making a grunting noise as we pulled into the campgrounds. I am assuming that the steering is also connected to the hydraulic pump and therefore the fluid level is getting low. According to the manual, the slides and the jacks have to be retracted and then the fluid level checked. Unfortunately, it doesn't say where the level is checked. Is it the small square box with the 1" hex cap on it? And is this the same resevoir for the power steering?
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Hi Everyone,

We are on our first big trip and are in Albuquerque NM where we have developed our first (probably of many future) problems. Wed have developed a small hydraulic leak on a igh pressure line feeding the piston located in the basement comaprtment directly next to the hydraulic pump. It looks like the fitting was never crimped correctly and is making a mess in the basement. It isn't a large leak, but it enough that the leveling jacks will bleed down within a for to five hours. We are curently trying to get a repair service to fix the problem, but it is Saturday.

My real question is that I noticed the steering making a grunting noise as we pulled into the campgrounds. I am assuming that the steering is also connected to the hydraulic pump and therefore the fluid level is getting low. According to the manual, the slides and the jacks have to be retracted and then the fluid level checked. Unfortunately, it doesn't say where the level is checked. Is it the small square box with the 1" hex cap on it? And is this the same resevoir for the power steering?
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:09 AM   #3
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David and Kacy,

The power steering fluid reservior is located in the engine compartment at the rear of the coach on the passenger side. Open up the rear access door and it is there on the right. It is a large black tank with a black screw on cap on top. This fluid doesn't mix with the coach hydraulics. I don't know what your noise might be, but at times when I've got my foot on the brake, not moving, and turning the wheel I will get a little growl.

The HWH jacks and slide hydraulic tank is located in the small door just behind the front passenger wheel. Mine has a chrome screw on cap. You are correct about checking the fluid when the slides and jacks are all retracted.

Hopefully this leak will get repaired and you will have many happy trouble free miles.

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Old 10-25-2008, 10:47 PM   #4
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Hello Dave & Kacy:

When checking the HWH hydraulic fluid the Jacks should be in the stored position the slides on the driver's side should be closed and the slide on the passenger side should be extended. I think the piston you are talking about is the sync cylinder for the large slide. I hope this info helps.
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Dave&Kacy:

As regards the grunting sound...

I noticed a similar sound on mine last year and had read earlier posts about the problem. I removed the cover at the base of the steering wheel column (inside coach) and found that the rubber "boot" around the shaft would drag and make the sound. I cleaned it up a bit, put some lubricant on the shaft and the sound went away. Also while you have it apart, you can access the grease fitting for the column and fill the zerk.
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