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Old 10-07-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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PowerGear jack control pad acting up. Advice ?

Jacks go up and down just fine. Fluid level is at top of reservoir.

Problem is that control pad shows JACKS DOWN steady red light, when engine running and parking brake on. No BEEPS.

Control pad BEEPS steady and JACKS DOWN red light flashes, when engine running and parking brake OFF. Probably this is normal.

Is there a sensor for each jack that sends a signal to control pad?
This is the first time I have run jacks in a year.

Hard to tell, but it could be model 500456

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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Are the jacks up or down under each situation you described? On mine, if the jacks are down, everything you posted appears to be normal. While the jacks are down on my Dolphin, if I take the emergency brake off an alarm sounds warning me that the jacks are still down. Not sure about your other question, somebody will chime in. So many folks here that know WAY more than I do, but my coach is parked outside, so I can go play with it if needed. Bruce
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hi Bruce. Jacks are UP when alarm BEEPS and red light flashes. Parking brake is off.

When parking brake is on, beep STOPS and red light goes to steady. Jacks are UP.

Reservoir shows full to top. I emailed PGear and Bill promptly wrote back and said maybe it was a bad float switch. He also said low fluid would cause this.

I found the leveler control board under the dash with about 15+ wires going into 3 sections. Pushed each one....no better.

Bill said to unplug the touchpad harness from the back to stop the BEEP, BEEP while driving.

I will go to a RV service center on Thurs 10/16 to see what's what.....unless some kind soul can enlighten me as to what's wrong.
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:11 PM   #4
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When you say the reservoir shows full, did you attempt to add more fluid anyway? That was the only way I could get my buzzer to stop screaming several years ago. I practically overfill it. Kinda gives merit to the float issue. Also, if you ever take the emergency brake off, while the jacks are down, to reset my pad I simply turn off the engine, wait a few minutes, then restart. If not for the alarms, I would have attempted to drive off while the jacks were down twice in 9 years! Yikes. I keep that in mind when an alarm goes off now. Let me know what you find, thanks for the information. Always good to store info like this for the future.

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No I did not add more fluid.......yet.

Will let you know final disposition.

I have read that there is an over-ride to keep you from driving off when the jacks are down. It will automatically retract your jacks when you start driving.
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And it will scare the heck out of you, DO NOT ask me how I know. . .
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And it will scare the heck out of you, DO NOT ask me how I know. . .

Gets your attention!!

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Just got back from auto shop who drained and refilled our Allison 1000 with TranSynd. (It took 10 and 1/2 quarts).

As I was driving to the shop the control pad alarm was intermittent. When I started a turn..it would stop. Driving straight it would sound off again. Shop extended the jacks to do the Allison job.

Driving home for 2.5 miles the control pad alarm was SILENT. Maybe the float self-corrected or maybe some jack exercise was the cure. Will let you know if it acts up again.

Thanks for the comments.
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That does sound odd, when ours was a wee bit low on fluid (even though it appeared to be full), the alarm would only sound while turning, be it sharp or very gradual. Once a straight path was taken, the alarm would remain silent. Interesting, keep us posted!

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Try adding a little Dextron to the reservoir. With all jacks fully up the fluid should be at the bottom of the fill port. If mine is just slightly low to alarm with sound going down to road. I've attached manuals for the system, if you don't have them

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Thank you Chuck and Teri......
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Another check of the fluid reservoir showed it was just a bit low per the pinky test. I added 2 oz at a time..three times.....6 oz LOW. Started engine and no BEEPS or red flashing lights.

I also noted a label "Float Switch Orientation - Center of rounded end at 12 o'clock. Pointed end at 6 o'clock." I could not tell if it was the outside nuts referred to or something on the float switch, inside the tank.

Not going to fool with it as long as it is working soundlessly.
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Glad to hear that such a simple fix will work! Keep us posted on any changes, Scooter.

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Just in case the fill doesn'work for long, itook out the fuse out. It's located outside on left cornor of my 2005 troplcal. Lot easer than tracing wires billp.
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