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Old 08-23-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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Diplomat Step Cover

On our '99 Diplomat, the air cylinder that extends and retracts the step cover in front of the passenger seat is leaking air in the extended position. I can't find any access to the cylinder in order to remove and rebuild it. Anyone know how I get to it?

Also, the ABS light is on on the instrument panel and has been on for quite a while - many miles. I have checked everything related to braking and find no problems. All braking is working fine and brake shoes are good. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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On mine, when I extend the step cover I can lay on my back on the steps, look up to see the cylinder. I don't know if yours is made the same way.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #3
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At the back of the cylinder there is a bolt holding it in place the goes through the floor. If you slide out your generator, you will be able to unbolt it from underneath. Disconnect the rod from the step cover and you should be able to pull it out in order to remove the air lines. That was the way with my 99 Dynasty.
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On the abs light, it would be a good thing to hook up a scanner and pull a code. This will take more than the cheap scanners that only read powertrain codes.
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An ABS light is generally from a wheel sensor. The system looks for wheel sensors that are not plugged in (opens) and a loose connection would trigger the light. The first thing I would do is disconnect and reconnect each wheel sensor.
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On our '99 Diplomat, ...

... the ABS light is on on the instrument panel and has been on for quite a while - many miles. I have checked everything related to braking and find no problems. All braking is working fine and brake shoes are good. Any suggestions?
In addition to the above good advice, check the plug to the ABS module in the left front run bay.

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After jimkate's response, I discovered that the carpet on the top riser of the entry steps folds down to expose the business end of the cylinder. A couple of shots of WD40 to the seal and ram seems to have solved the problem - a dry seal, typical here in arid country.
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