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Old 04-08-2006, 07:30 AM   #1
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We're on the road and the Power Gear warning beeper for the jacks keeps going off. Crawled around under hood...what am I looking for? I don't see a cap or filler area.
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Old 04-08-2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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We're on the road and the Power Gear warning beeper for the jacks keeps going off. Crawled around under hood...what am I looking for? I don't see a cap or filler area.
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Old 04-08-2006, 07:48 AM   #3
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See pic below. The tank should be located up behind the drivers side front wheel. For now you can probably get by adding a little fluid to the tank. The instr. below I did for someone else a ways back..


Changing/adding the hydraulic fluid on your on a 1999 to present Power Gear power unit assembly with round reservoir tank. It's very easy to do!


2 or 2.5 gallon round reservoir tank used on a 1999 to present to present Power Gear power unit assembly.

On left top side of the tank you see the fill spout/plug. On the bottom you see the tank drain plug.


Hydraulic fluid should be changed every 2 years. Takes 2 or 2.5 gallons to fill but have more then 2.5 gallons on hand as you would hate to spill a little and run short of fluid. Make sure the jacks are retracted (in the up position). Place a catch container that will hold more then 2 gallons under the drain hole. Remove the fill plug first then the drain plug. Let the tank drain for a few minutes until all is out. Now, carefully replace (careful not to cross thread and do not overtighten!) the bottom drain plug. Using a StaLube hand pump (buy at Advance Auto or AutoZone) or similar pump, pump into the fill hole, regular ATF Type A or Dextron III that you buy at any AutoZone, etc.. Plain old inexpensive ATF Type A is all you need. (Colder climates can use alternative fluids) You will know when it is full as it will start to flow back out the fill hole. 8-) Fill to a 1/4" from the top of the fill spout/hole. Once full, put the fill plug back in. I'd recommend placing some lubricant/grease on the plugs before you put them back in so they will be easier to remove in the future. AFTER you have the tank full, start the RV and run the jacks up and down 4 or 5 times. That is it. OH, each jack leg has a grease (zerk) fitting. Using the grease/zerk fitting on each leg, pump in light weight lithium based grease til you see it start to ooze out of the bottom of the jack leg. Clean up any excess grease. Final step is to wipe off/lubricate the extended jack leg tubes with lots silicone spray lubricant. In regard to the silicone spray lubricant, it is recommended to respray clean/lube each jack leg every 2-3 days if you are in a salty environment and the jack legs are extended. For a copy of the PowerGear manual go HERE
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WOW, BILL, THAT has to be one of the best constructed and most informative posts ever provided by one of our members.
THANK YOU for an excellent solution to a member's problem. ED
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Yes, Yes, what a great reply. EXCELLENT.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:24 PM   #6
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ABSOLUTELY! Thanks alot. We'll be picking up some Dexron 3 here in Hays, KS. and poke around under the hood. Jeff and Carme
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Old 04-08-2006, 05:14 PM   #7
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Jeff, your tank should be right behind the grill on the left side. Most National rigs have it there. It may be hard to reach because the access door sticks out to far when it is open.

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Thanks so much for your help. After I checked it, it was not low at all. So I guess something else is up, but I learned something else from you all. I also found a coolant leak while poking around. We've been smelling hot coolant off and on for weeks, had it checked, but no leak was found (yet the coolant finally started going down on this trip)...there is a drip at the bottom of the heater control valve. Can't wait to see how this goes. Jeff and Carme
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">there is a drip at the bottom of the heater control valve. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


That seems to be pretty common occurrence, at least on NRV rigs. Tightening the clamp solved my problem for awhile, but when the control valve failed (also common) had to add a second clamp to seal it up tight and dry.
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Earlier model Power Gear jacks used a float (level) sensor to sound a low jacks alarm, but I understand that they have now switched to a pressure sensor. Perhaps your sensor is bad or perhaps there is a slight leak somewhere and pressure is bleeding off?

But you will also get the alarm if one or more jack legs does not retract fully. Lubing the zerks on each jack is the best solution for that. A little hand-operated grease gun and some lithium grease will address that problem. It's easy to do - the zerks are readily accessible.
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