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Old 11-17-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Jack alarm sticks

When it’s really cold out and I retract the jacks on my 2005 32ft Dolphin LX, the jacks retract but the retract light on the panel will not extinguish for 10 to 15 minutes. This means if I take off the alarm sounds. Eventually it goes off. In warm weather the retract light goes of in a minute or so…anyone else experience this? Comments appreciated
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Depending upon the brand and model of levelers you have.....

- Are they visually retracted all the way? In otherwords can you see any of the shiny cylinder on any of them?

- Check the fluid level in the reservoir while they are completely retracted. Many systems rely upon the fluid level to understand if they're completely retracted. You may need to add a pint or two.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:42 AM   #3
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My guess is that your alarm is working fine but you have a balking jack which takes a while to retract. You may well just be able to reach under the coach and push it up with a little pressure.

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Old 11-18-2014, 07:49 AM   #4
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Good Morning,

My 2005 Dolphin has the PowerGear leveling system, not sure if yours does but here is a good document concerning FAQ's:

FAQ: Leveling Systems - Power Gear

Note that they recommend a silicone spray for cleaning and lubricating the jack pistons, and warn against using WD-40. Take a look at Question 11 for your problem.

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Old 11-18-2014, 10:35 AM   #5
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Physically the jack pistons are fully retracted into the cylinder. I confirm this visually. Another reply says to fill the reservoir completely “full” of oil. This may be the alarm I am getting when turning occasionally. Will fill it to the brim and see what happens next.

Thanks for the reply
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Fluid is almost assuredly your issue, when the fluid warms up it is high enough to trigger the alarm shutoff. The fluid needs to be right below the fill hole almost running out when the jacks are retracted, probably pick during 50-60 degrees also.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:23 PM   #7
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Well I found that the reservoir plug is a venting type plug and is simply pushed into a rubber grommet. This means it fits kind of loose. That explains why it was damp on the outside with oil and I thought all this time I had a leak. It only took 4 oz. of oil to bring the level up to the plug so I can’t say it was really low. After extending and retracting once it was wet around the plug and down the reservoir, so I would say it is full enough. So as to the retracting slow, the jury is still out. Won’t know till we get into cold weather again….Thanks for the replies.
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I may have missed it, but have you sprayed the jack rams with silicone spray?

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Old 11-19-2014, 11:28 PM   #9
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Yes I have sprayed them. However each time when it is cold and the retract light won’t shut off in a reasonable time, I visually confirm that the pistons are fully retracted into the jack cylinders and they are. A jack that is not fully retracted does not seem to be the issue. When the outside temp is above 40F there doesn’t see to be a problem. If I don’t want to sit around the park for 20 or 30 minutes until the retract light goes out, I confirm the jacks are retracted and then take off. The problem is that the alarm going off drives me nuts. Something is remiss here…but the light does eventually go off after a few miles down the road. I haven't tried it since I filled the reservoir. I think it’s time to give Power Gear a call. Thanks for the tip though...
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