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Old 10-18-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Can You Use an Air Wrench on an Air Bag?

I need to replace one of my air bags, the outer cover has a hole in it. It's the one in front of the rear axle on the PS and is the most difficult to reach. You are hemmed in by the back of the storage bay and a frame cross member. I can reach the top nut, but there is little room to swing a wrench or socket in there. I was wondering if I could use an air wrench to remove the top nut. There is plenty of room to get a small air wrench there.
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No reason you could not. My guys do it all the time on our fleet.
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You can use an air wrench to "remove" a nut, stud, etc., but if it
requires a certain torque when it is put back on, then use a torque wrench.
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Thanks for the confirmation. I'm talking about getting the nut off the top of the air bag to remove it. Now that I think about it, I guess it doesn't matter if it breaks the stud off the top of the air bag since it's being replaced anyway. One issue I wonder about is how stuck the nut might be. I have a compact air ratchet, but it only makes 50 ft. lb. of torque.
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Dennis, the best thing is that it breaks off! Fast and easy! Good luck! Just remember, don't let the air ratchet pin your hand in there!, Don't ask how I know? Rail!
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I need to replace one of my air bags, the outer cover has a hole in it. It's the one in front of the rear axle on the PS and is the most difficult to reach. You are hemmed in by the back of the storage bay and a frame cross member. I can reach the top nut, but there is little room to swing a wrench or socket in there. I was wondering if I could use an air wrench to remove the top nut. There is plenty of room to get a small air wrench there.
Dennis,

Not sure if this applies to your coach but on our 2006 Diplomat the fender section is hinged at the top and will swing up exposing the air bags and shocks. Look for metal straps at the bottom of the fender that can be removed allowing the fender to swing up.

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Dennis,

Not sure if this applies to your coach but on our 2006 Diplomat the fender section is hinged at the top and will swing up exposing the air bags and shocks. Look for metal straps at the bottom of the fender that can be removed allowing the fender to swing up.

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Thanks, Bob. I looked at that, but it looks like they might be riveted in place. At least there are a series of rivets inside the lip of the wheel opening that looks like it holds the liner in place. Even so, removing the liner might be the way to go if all that's holding it there is those rivets.
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Did you ever get it changed?
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Did you ever get it changed?
Not yet, they're supposed to be here Tuesday. I've got to replace the air ride valve first so it'll probably be Sunday before I get to it.
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