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Old 11-29-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Leveler problems???

I have an 02 Southwind 32V and my left front jack is leaking fluid. I assume it's the seal that has gone bad. Any suggestions on a fix for a do it yourselfer? How hard / easy is it to do? Is there anything else in there that can go wrong with these to cause them to leak like this? Also what type of fluid is used in these? Thanks for the help.
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If the seals in the jack itself are leaking they will have to be replaced and removal of the jack is needed. If the hose is leaking it also will have to be replaced. Not knowing your level of skill at mechanical and hydraulic it is impossible to say how difficult a task may be.
Once the jack is off they can be rebuilt; the hoses can be made up at a hydraulic supply shop most of the time. Many time the cost of rebuilding a jack can be as much as a new one unless you find a local shop that can do it and save the cost of shipping it out.
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I've had success with transmission fluid stop leak. We used to have a fairly significant leak and after a few attempts it stopped leaking. I think the trick was to add the stop leak and then lower the jacks (presumably so the 'Stop Leak' actually gets to the leaking area) and leave them lowered for a while.

One thing I've noticed is sometimes when I take it out of storage after a long time, it leaks again but after putting them up / down a few times, it stops leaking (probably a sign the the seal there isn't in great shape but it does stop leaking).

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What type do you have they all can be rebuilt. power gear are the easier do and the power gear site has the instruction to do them. HWH's are a little harder. I've had 3 rebuilt by a hydraulic shop by me. I just take them off he rebuilds them and I put them back on. do you see a zerk fitting on your jacks if you have them sometimes a shot or two of grease will stop the leak. My levelers don't have the zerk fittings, some do some don't.
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I have the power gear brand. I noticed fluid under the base plate when I raised them last time. I may just try the stop leak trick for now. Thanks for the advice.
I'll look for the zerk fittings too. What does it cost to get them rebuilt? Can they just be unbolted? Lines aren't under pressure when retracted are they?
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On my power gear jacks the front one was $100.00 rear was hard to take apart charged me $120.00. Mine were bolted on with 6 3/4" nuts and bolts(wrench size). 3/4" wrench to take line fitting off also. Jacks not under pressure when up although they will drip oil out the line.
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