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Old 01-28-2015, 10:47 AM   #1
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Power Gear fluid intake

Read every piece of info and still can't find the area of the fluid reservoir for the jacks. Fred said to the right of the engine on the '05, but I still can't find it. Can anyone point out the jack reservoir in photos? Thank you so much
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Not knowing your unit but a lot of the mfr. put the hyd pump and res. under the entrance steps. Check to see if the middle step cover lifts up/is removable.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:21 PM   #3
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Not knowing your unit but a lot of the mfr. put the hyd pump and res. under the entrance steps. Check to see if the middle step cover lifts up/is removable.
Thank you but that is the location of my batteries. I'm pretty sure this is it but have no idea how you fill it. I really hope it is not in that octagon shape
head to the left about half way down in the photo.
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Found the answer at

http://support.powergearus.com/techdocs/82-L0506.pdf

the manual can be downloaded.

I'll need to be contortionist to get to it. Any advice is so welcome.
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Sandi, yeah that looks like the fill hole with a plug in it. Looks like my Power Gear fill hole but my set up is a little different since it's older. Mine took like a 1" open end wrench if I recall correctly. Being a contortionist will help, wait until you have to remove a cylinder or hose (done both rears and hoses). Tough job for this ol 70 year old. I ended up trying to fill my reservoir with a condiment bottle, other methods were not much easier. If it were easy anyone could do it. Once you remove the plug you should (maybe) be able to see the fluid level but you don't look like you have a lot of room either. Good luck.
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Ok that is a workhorse Custom Chassis, Now there is no guarantee but on my coach if you look at the 2nd picture 0607

Now look straight down just behind the grill

That is where they hydrauics are on my rig.,,, and the windshield washer bottle as well.

now, if not there, Have partner operate jacks and follow the sound of the pump, Tank is physically attached to the pump,
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Sandi, yeah that looks like the fill hole with a plug in it. Looks like my Power Gear fill hole but my set up is a little different since it's older. Mine took like a 1" open end wrench if I recall correctly. Being a contortionist will help, wait until you have to remove a cylinder or hose (done both rears and hoses). Tough job for this ol 70 year old. I ended up trying to fill my reservoir with a condiment bottle, other methods were not much easier. If it were easy anyone could do it. Once you remove the plug you should (maybe) be able to see the fluid level but you don't look like you have a lot of room either. Good luck.
Thank you Ken. I'm female, not mechanical at all and closer to the medicare age than I want to admit. Anything more than spraying and filling will have to wait until my mobile tech is over his knee surgery. There are grease signs on this cylinder from previous fills. I assume it is from filling as I've never seen any form of leak on the concrete pad. I may need a long neck funnel.

After using the silicone spray on the jacks today everything is working beautifully so filling the reservoir may wait.
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Ok that is a workhorse Custom Chassis, Now there is no guarantee but on my coach if you look at the 2nd picture 0607

Now look straight down just behind the grill

That is where they hydrauics are on my rig.,,, and the windshield washer bottle as well.

now, if not there, Have partner operate jacks and follow the sound of the pump, Tank is physically attached to the pump,
You are right that is where I found it. Thank you for the reply.
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One of the best purchases you can make is a hand transfer pump, there are so many things you find it useful in working on these machines.
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Sandi, that's an interesting photo of the tank, goes to show nothing is standard, even within the same make/model year. Your fill location is the same as our previous '03 Dolphin. Our '05 has fill ports on both the front and back top of the tank. Good luck, once you get it plug off, it should be easier in the future. Art mentioned a hand transfer pump, I found inexpensive ones at Harbor Freight.


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Sandi, that's an interesting photo of the tank, goes to show nothing is standard, even within the same make/model year. Your fill location is the same as our previous '03 Dolphin. Our '05 has fill ports on both the front and back top of the tank. Good luck, once you get it plug off, it should be easier in the future. Art mentioned a hand transfer pump, I found inexpensive ones at Harbor Freight.


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Rats!!! Fred, I just knew you would come through with an easy simple way to do this. I'll wait for my mobile tech to fill the reservoir. The jacks did great this afternoon with just the silicone. Thank you.
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You are right that is where I found it. Thank you for the reply.
Thanks for letting me know.

one of the advantages of a forum like this is the odds are someone has the same chassis you do.. Looking at the photos I recognized the air intake (TUBA) for the Chevy Vortec, I recognized the brake booster and a few other parts so I knew you had a Workhorse Custom Chassis W Series, same as I do.

That made it easy.
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