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Old 06-23-2003, 03:48 AM   #1
Joyce H
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Hydraulic Leak??

Thanks to several discussions on this forum about the levels of hydraulic fluids, and various slide questions, decided we should do some checking while in our Montana this past weekend. We had noticed when opening or closing the slides we sometimes did not get a response when hitting the in or out switch. Seemed if we would momentarily touch the switch in the opposite of desired direction we could then get the switch to work and the slides to go in or out properly. When we opened the slides this weekend we heard the hydraulic continue to run and cut in and out a couple of times after the slides were completely open and when we were no longer touching the switch. Thanks to information on this forum decided to check the hydraulic fluid level. With the slides open we had only about half inch of fluid in the cylinder and with slides closed cylinder was only half full. We found our dealer had left almost a full bottle of hydraulic fluid in the basement of our 5er so carefully added it to the cylinder, but......and here is the biggy... we also noticed some fluid on the battery cover. Oops...appears we have a leak. Of course this all occurred as we were closing up the 5er and facing a 5 hour drive home. We are leaving the Monty at the lake for the summer. It appears the leak (obviously a slow leak) is coming from the lines to the bedroom slide, following these lines to the flex hose connected to the battery and landing (dripping very slowly) on top of the battery case. We cleaned everything up and will try to find the exact source of the problem when we return next week. We are hoping it is something we can repair ourselves as now that we are set up for the summer we hate to hook up and tow to the nearest dealer (which is about 2 hours away)in Birmingham.
So if any of you have had a slow leak like this we are open for suggestions. I think the connections for the bedroom slide are located under the bed. Am I correct? Also how do you access the lines to the other slides to check them? Is there clamps on the lines that should be tightened periodically??
Just know you all with have some suggestions for us. Thanks for all your help.

Tom & Joyce Holroyd
Fayetteville, GA
2003 Montana 3295RK
Ford Lariat 350 CC 4x4 6.0 Diesel
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