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Old 06-21-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Releasing air from air bags

Just purchase a 2002 Tradewinds and having trouble getting the air to dump out of the air bags. I have voltage to both sides of the switch but nothing happens. Is there a somthing that I may be missing? Any ideas wher I should look next? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Are you trying to dump the bags while the engine is still running? You'll not be able to dump air.
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Realeasing air from air bags

No, it is after the motor is shut off.
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Smile Dump[ng air bags

I have to shut down engine then turn ignition key back on to dump air. 2003 Tradewinds LTC
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Shut the motor off then turned the key back on and tried to get them to dump still no luck. Is there a solenoid or something like that that could be bad. I was able to contact the previous owner and according they said they had no problems with it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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Call 1-800-FTL-HELP with your VIN and ask a Freightliner tech in Gafney. They are great in helping you over the phone. They will know everything about your chassis by using your VIN. I had a problem with my auto-dump bags not inflating a year and a half ago. I called them and they took me through the process of lowering the jacks again and bringing them back up. The solenoid that controlled the inflation hadn't worked the first time I put the jacks up but after cycling them the bags filled. I haven't had any problems with them since but the tech explained that if I had continued problems, the solenoid would have to be replaced. Your system is a manual dump so it's different than mine but their are solenoids in both systems. I'd give them a call.
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Shut the motor off then turned the key back on and tried to get them to dump still no luck. Is there a solenoid or something like that that could be bad. I was able to contact the previous owner and according they said they had no problems with it.
My chasis is a country coach dinamax.If yours is freightliner they should be able to identify your problem.
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releasing air from airbags

OK, I got my problem solved, you know the old saying patience is a virtue, well I was expecting to hear the air release like my brother-in-laws coach does. His coach has a manual release and mine is electric, therefore the air is released a little slower but it does release now.
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Mine dumps with the engine running. I pull into the site, hit the dump switch and start the leveling jacks down. After the coach is level, I shut down the engine, hook up power and run the slides out.
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