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Old February 2nd, 2004, 12:45 AM
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Bottle Jack Maintenance?

Has anyone changed the fluid in their bottle jack?

How much fluid?

How do you fill it?

How do you bleed the air out of the system?

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EwS
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 04:37 AM
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Haven't a clue Eric. Is it broke? I have seen them fail - my brothers was tanked, from a 1995 Classic. I think it wasn't stored right side up though, could have ruined it.
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 09:47 AM
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Wicks,

worked fine on my last flat. I turned the release valve too much and fluid drained. Just want to top it off. I found the fill plug, so hopefully it will work.

I hope to god it isn't toasted because they retail for 150!
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Old February 10th, 2004, 07:58 PM
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Originally posted by Eric Siepmann
Wicks,

worked fine on my last flat. I turned the release valve too much and fluid drained. Just want to top it off. I found the fill plug, so hopefully it will work.

I hope to god it isn't toasted because they retail for 150!
Same thing happened to mine, and it hasn't worked since. I put more fluid in the fill hole, but there must be some bleeding procedure I'm not doing right.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Thought I'd revive this thread with some useful information:

http://www.hyjacks.com/H7.HTM


I recently took a trip from Boston to Suffield, CT in the 110. This truck has a set ofBFG AT's fom my90. The 90 was bought with 70K miles on it and I put another 5K miles on these in the 110. They still had plenty of tread. Now I don't know if these were originals on the 90. I know they're a long lasting tread but who knows.

Anyways, took the Pike and 92S, all went well until we pull into the parking lot for my niece's soccer tournament. I hear a hissing sound, air leaking from the RR tire. Damn! Looking at it, it's not a flat but a tear in the sidewall - a substantial tear of 3-4 inches. A closer look revealed "crack" limes from the outer tread pointing in about 1-2 inches all around this tire.

The FR tire also looked prety bad so I got worried about making it home safely. I tracked down a local tire shop and bought a set of nwe ones.

Stepping back a bit - take out my trusty LR bottle jack, which has never been used, and it's low on oil! I can only raise it an inch! Fortunately a local lent me his mechanical minivan jack and I replaced the tire.

At any rate, picked up some fluid and filled both of them. However, I'm leaning toward the mechanical type. Sure, a hell of a lot more work, but a hell of a lot less maintenance.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 01:47 PM
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Old July 14th, 2007, 05:58 PM
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mine is dead also and i cant get it to work. I accidentially let all the fluid out when i was installing some springs
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Old July 14th, 2007, 08:50 PM
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If you want another one, call English-Swedish Spares in Alpharetta, GA.
They had a couple sitting on the shelf that were used last time I was in there.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 12:04 AM
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Somewhere on the Source is information on bleeding the LR bottle jack. It's from a couple of years back.
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