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Old 03-17-2018, 07:43 AM   #1
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Power Gear Hydraulic Jacks

Hi everyone. I have a 2003 Fleetwood Southwind 36RS with the Power Gear Jack System. I have one jack, my right rear, that is leaking fluid. I don't know if there is a quick fix. If so, I would consider it. I have found out that you can rebuild them with a seal kit but removing and replacing looks to be not so fun.

Does anyone have any tips on removal? The large spring seems to be in the way of some of the bolts. And it looks like there is not much room for tools. I am very mechanically inclined, so I am not afraid to try, just don't want to make the matter worse.

Thanks for any help!!
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:03 AM   #2
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I have not replaced my jack which is also leaking. Mine is the same jack you are going to fix. I have a 2000 Pace Arrow Vision. You have to retract all the jacks then stretch the spring by driving wedges between the springs to stretch it for removal. The rest is suppose to be a simple removal process.
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:56 AM   #3
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I have not replaced my jack which is also leaking. Mine is the same jack you are going to fix. I have a 2000 Pace Arrow Vision. You have to retract all the jacks then stretch the spring by driving wedges between the springs to stretch it for removal. The rest is suppose to be a simple removal process.
I have worked on many of these jacks. You are confusing your jacks. The HWH springs have to be stretched to remove and reinstalled. The jacks you have are much easier. You simply loosen the bolt that holds the spring and the spring comes right off.
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Old 03-17-2018, 10:15 AM   #4
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Pollardwk, I have removed both of my rear jacks on my 98 Pace Arrow. My Power Gear jack was a 500082 so yours might be different than mine. Yeah, mine were a bear to remove but I got it done. Not much room for sure. If you can get an impact wrench on the head it is really easier but I was not able to do that. I ended up using a 1/2" breaker bar and a 3/4" impact socket. My regular socket just wouldn't hold up to the task. I also used a floor jack to help support the jack up. My jack weighed about 55 lbs. Took jack to a local hyd. shop and had it rebuilt (cost about $120.00). If I can do it I'll bet you can. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. Attached are a couple of pics of my jack and how it was mounted.
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:43 PM   #5
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The jack should look like the photo in 98 FPAs post, Howere, it sounds like yours is the same as mine, and the spring is on the side and blocks the bolts. not sure if it creeped this way over the years or what, but theres no way they could have originally mounted it like that..

You might be able to use a pry bar and twist the spring so it faces the back. If it wont twist, lower the jack and put some wooden wedges in the spring coils, then raise the jack, This may take enough force off the top spring mount so you can twist it toward the back, or remove the spring. and get to the bolts..

As for rebuilding, some of the jacks are deemed unserviceable and they don't sell parts for them.. NOT A PROBLEM.. On my front jacks, I was able to make a new top guide, and install new o-rings and scrapers. The new o-rings and scrapers was about $10.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't help with that problem but wanted to say hello! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 03-19-2018, 01:57 AM   #7
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Loosen the bolt in the center of the top of the cylinder that holds the bracket to the cylinder. Then you can rotate the spring and bracket out of the way of the mounting bolts. The ram itself will rotate freely as you move the bracket.
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