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Old 10-25-2021, 09:18 AM   #1
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Levelers don't always retract

I was looking at a 1996 VECTRA 35WQ.

One of the deficient items is the levelers. The owner said the jack's go down but one or more "occasionally" don't retract.

Does anyone know if that is a big troubleshooting issue or is it a strait forward diagnosis and repair and what might the price range be?

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Slow retract is a common issue with older HWH leveler hydraulic jacks; if that's what the coach has .

Cleaning and spring replacement is quite often the fix, on the HWH system.
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Skip according to the sales brochure it does have an HWH leveling system.


What he describes sounds to me like the solenoids need rebuilt. There is an older thread about rebuilding the solenoids and the cost from HWH.
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I have HWH levelled on my 2004 that don't always retract. I started spraying them with wd40 before I retract so far that has always done the trick so far.
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See if there is a grease fitting on the levelers. Also, consider spraying the cylinders when they are down with silicon (or possibly WD40). Check the recommendations of the manufacturer.
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My driver's side rear HWH kickdown jack wouldn't retract.
So I crawled under the coach with a percussion persuasion device and a can of WD-40. (hammer, but didn't use it)
I sprayed the pivot bushings and the spring paths and then proceeded to "exercise" the jack assembly by rotating it up and down. (yes, this can be easily done by hand)
Then, after getting everything loose, I oiled all four jacks.
They now snap up or down easily
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My rig is an 06 with HWH jacks and I was having the same issues retracting the jacks. I spoke with HWH about it and the technician suggested spraying the cylinders with WD40. I apply a thin coat of WD40 once a month or every 5th time they are extended. All 4 leveling jacks fully retract within 2 minutes.
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Usually just involves cleaning and lubricating the cylinders however in some instances it can be debris clogging the solenoid valve which is also fairly simple to clean out.
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When cleaning & lubing don't forget around the rubber dust boots at the top. WD 40 and a soft brush, foam applicator or Q-tip removes accumulated dirt & dust.
Wipe the dirty stuff off and reapply WD-40 before retracting.
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I was looking at a 1996 VECTRA 35WQ.

One of the deficient items is the levelers. The owner said the jack's go down but one or more "occasionally" don't retract.

Does anyone know if that is a big troubleshooting issue or is it a strait forward diagnosis and repair and what might the price range be?

Thanks
When you say "don't retract" is this a partial retraction or no movement at all? When I have a jack hang up I extend it some, spray it with CRC Power Lube with PTFE and retract the jacks again. Always works. If the jacks just won't move that could be a shuttle valve. Very easy to replace but all of the pressure must be off the system before doing so. Quickest parts source, I have always found, is from Stuart's Services (HWH Replacement Parts - Stuart's Services).
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