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Old 11-27-2019, 08:04 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by dieselguy View Post
I .... It may have been cheaper or it may have been a "brother-in-law" deal. I've seen it happen over and over in the big volume manufacturing sector.
LOL on the brother in law comment. It seems like manufacturing everywhere is suffering from whatever-is-the-cheapest...
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:15 PM   #22
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Room for discussion here, People. Oil is oil, and the weights are a bit different, I would say that if you want a cheap oil just go with a ten weight or lighter oil. Name brand not important. your choice. BUT if you want a good Exspenive
oil use Brake fluid, that never seems to fail. It is even used in High speed cars. and it is seal friendly, A bit cheaper is the Hyd. Jack oil, will work also. Just don't use a heavy weight oil 20w or 30w is to thick.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:22 PM   #23
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I would not recommend brake fluid in the hydraulic system because it is hygroscopic and the hydraulic system sees nowhere close to the tempature levels of a brake system, therefore offering no benifit.
2015 3100RL legacy...2005 Ford F-250 CC SB. Tows like a charm! 4/19 Updated to 2017 Chevy 3500 CC SB SRW -hope it tows as well as my F 250 did!
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:16 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by CADman_KS View Post
Hummm... Haven't experienced this yet...
I'll echo that if you have that popping, you'll know exactly what's being described in these posts. For us, it happened a lot with bigger temperature swings (Mountain day heat to mountain evening/night cool down). It would cycle around the rig from jack to jack, front left (nearest the hydraulic tank) then down the two other left side jacks, around the back and up to the front right, jack by jack in sequence. It's a worrying thing when you first hear it, or was for us.

It's a common problem, and after a lot of searching I found an explanation that it was static being released. Spraying the jacks when out with a silicon spray every once in awhile worked well. And we carry some square plank pads to keep the jacks from having to extend too far or too unevenly. We don't get it since.
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