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Jacked Around (Conveyed from a forum item involving HWH jacks. Mine are Power Gear.)

andyshane

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This is a timely post. I'm minutes away from dealing with the same problem. Will blog what I discover.

So far, Power Gear has said to examine the jack prior to making the decision to order a seal kit. I'm not sure what to read into that, but we'll pull 'er off and do some exploration...

Source: HWH Front Left Jack Leaking Fluid

Well, the jury is in, and the accused is already swinging in the wind...

I'll post the film of removing the jack leg from the rig later; for now, we'll skip straight to the end.

In the shop, I heated the top bolt on the leg -- it weighs about 45 lbs -- used the impact wrench to extract the 6" long bolt.

After allowing the entire cylinder to drain, I manually pulled on the foot and out came the rod. About a foot or so... Then, it hung up. I pulled harder, and a huge gouge from what appears to be a bolt or pin came into view.

At that point, the operation is over, says Power Gear. A complete replacement is my only option.

I'm hoping that the hyperextension was coincidental: perhaps a piece of debris rode up and down during previous uses and only became a factor when the jack was pulled out in its entirety, That would explain the multiple scratches on the leg.

Nonetheless, I still recommend extending jacks as little as possible, wipe those rods clean and keep them lubricated every few days.




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You know, if it not one thing, its another with these HWH jacks. I still think their touch panel is *** backwards. A down arrow means up and an up arrow means down. When I push the down button, I'm expecting the levelers to go down, not the coach to go up. I think this is just intuitive thinking. HWH finally starting using the words "lower" and "raise" instead of extend and retract. Is it just me, or am I wrong about the way I interpret the touch panel.

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Andy, I tried to copy this image and it errors out, attachicon.gifIMG_7678.JPG. It was there and then some how it just was gone.

Did I mess it up your image some way?

My son says I can mess up software better then anybody else he knows. My logic is not is sync with most computer software. LOL.

Rich

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