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Old 12-31-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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leaky leveler

Our 1999 Pace Arrow 34n has a right front leveler that is bad leaking. My question is should I remove the cylinder and spring as one unit (looks do-able) or remove the spring first and then the cylinder?
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Those spring(s) probably have some hefty energy stored in them and could be a bear that could bite you. I'm sure someone will jump in and give you the know how but my guess would be to remove the spring(s) first then the hydralic cylinder. That way you wouldn't be struggling to hold the cylinder and release the springs.

Just a thought, no experience doing this.
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Extend the jack to stretch the springs 3 " and then stick shims into each spring to maintain that size. Then retract the jack and the springs will come off easily. It has worked well for me in the past.
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I have the same problem on my 2000 southwind, waiting for warm weather before I get under to remove.
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Extend the jack to stretch the springs 3 " and then stick shims into each spring to maintain that size. Then retract the jack and the springs will come off easily. It has worked well for me in the past.
Gosh, these Forums are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Chuck, you just turned a bear that'll bite into a harmless kitten. Thanks for that tidbit of priceless know-how.

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Our 1999 Pace Arrow 34n has a right front leveler that is bad leaking. My question is should I remove the cylinder and spring as one unit (looks do-able) or remove the spring first and then the cylinder?
The spring will have to be removed to repair or replace the jack anyway, so I recommend doing that while the jack is firmly bolted to the frame of the motorhome rather than trying to remove the spring while the jack is sitting loose on the workbench.

As has been suggested, extend the jack and insert wedges or shims between the coils of the spring then slowly retract the jack until the spring is free.

A shop that repairs hydraulic cylinders used on farming or construction equipment may be able to repair the jack. It is just a single-acting hydraulic cylinder.
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Thank you all so much, I am going to remove using the suggestion given by Chuck. Can't wait to see results, sounds correct to me, thanks again.
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On our HWH's I brought the rams all the way up, attached the springs to the pads and just levered them over the ball end by hand. I did put gloves on though.
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