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Old 02-20-2008, 06:06 PM   #477
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Smile Finally Enough Grease

Had the AS at the dealer today to get a few items corrected, and they pumped enough grease into the left zerk to get the stuff to ooze out of the bottom.

Finally, there is no more groaning from the HAHA.

Should add that our dealer is Camper Clinic II in Buda, TX. Todd, the mechanic (don't know his last name) did a very good job. There were about seven items, all fairly minor, and he got everything done in 3 1/2 hours of the same day.

Won't hesitate to take the AS back there when necessary.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:35 PM   #478
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...For some reason couldn't get any grease into the left zerk?...
hi srw...

it may just be a bit of dirt in the zerk port impeding flow, BUT

it is also possible the zerk is TOAST inside the bushing.

we covered this a bit in the 90s # posts and richL made reference to his buggered zerks in the 270s...

he also posted about this issue with pix in d'blog here is his photo...

http://tour.airstreamlife.com/weblog...rn%20zerks.jpg

so while the service guy may have got grease moving through it, finally...

consider removing and inspecting that zerk.

IF it's ground down or OVER inserted, this can hang up the movement in that w/d bar...

even worse the bar can FALL OUT!

of course, don't remove/inspect it IF u don't have an extra zerk and spare parts kit (see post 181)

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Old 02-20-2008, 08:39 PM   #479
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hi srw...

it may just be a bit of dirt in the zerk port impeding flow, BUT

it is also possible the zerk is TOAST inside the bushing.

we covered this a bit in the 90s # posts and richL made reference to his buggered zerks in the 270s...

he also posted about this issue with pix in d'blog here is his photo...

http://tour.airstreamlife.com/weblog...rn%20zerks.jpg

so while the service guy may have got grease moving through it, finally...

consider removing and inspecting that zerk.

IF it's ground down or OVER inserted, this can hang up the movement in that w/d bar...

even worse the bar can FALL OUT!

of course, don't remove/inspect it IF u don't have an extra zerk and spare parts kit (see post 181)

cheers
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2Air:

When I bought the full size grease gun I bought a package of assorted zerks. I know that the HAHA uses 1/4" zerks and from the visable portion it looks like I have a replacement.

Versus the right hand zerk it took more force to get the grease to enter the fitting.

I see the emergency bag of parts. I assume that Hensly still sells it and will check with them.

Bar falling out. Hmmm. Thats sounds a bit weird, and certainly not like a good thing.

You referenced a "user manual"earlier, where is that available?

Also, why would a zerk go bad? I know its a rather simple device, but what would I look for to indicate its bad?

As always, thanks for your help.

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Cool We Even Have a Camera

I should mention that my Tundra has a camera that looks right at the hitch receiving box, making it easy to line up side to side.

The wife stands at the hitch and makes any final up/down adjustment, which you cannot determine via the camera.

.....usually the hitch bar goes right in.

Of course, it took us hours and hours the first time, but now only minutes.

Camera or no camera using the spring bars to orientate the orange hitch box seems so counter intuitive ar first.

I still recommend a tailgate camera as an option.
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everyone SHOULD download the offical manual from any of the multiple links in this thread...

but...

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...You referenced a "user manual"earlier, where is that available?...
THIS is the users guide! right here bro! we users 'guide' other users...

you likely purchased zerk nipples, not the entire fitting.

see the picture i linked earlier, and go back n read the posts referenced.

already lots of info here on zerks, how they fail, how to insert them and so on...

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everyone SHOULD download the offical manual from any of the multiple links in this thread...

but...



THIS is the users guide! right here bro! we users 'guide' other users...

you likely purchased zerk nipples, not the entire fitting.

see the picture i linked earlier, and go back n read the posts referenced.

already lots of info here on zerks, how they fail, how to insert them and so on...

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Air.....your so full of KARMA... I can't fit no more in
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I should mention that my Tundra has a camera that looks right at the hitch receiving box, making it easy to line up side to side.

The wife stands at the hitch and makes any final up/down adjustment, which you cannot determine via the camera.

.....usually the hitch bar goes right in.

Of course, it took us hours and hours the first time, but now only minutes.

Camera or no camera using the spring bars to orientate the orange hitch box seems so counter intuitive ar first.

I still recommend a tailgate camera as an option.

I'm glad we're not the only ones.....it took us forever to hook up for the first time this past weekend.

I tried using the the line up poles but because our drive way is so uneven they didn't help. (the truck tips one way and the trailer the other)

We didn't want to embarrass ourselves in front of our friends so we didn't un-hitch our $3,000.00 HAHA when we reached our campsite

I'm confident it will get better!
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I'm glad we're not the only ones.....it took us forever to hook up for the first time this past weekend.

I tried using the the line up poles but because our drive way is so uneven they didn't help. (the truck tips one way and the trailer the other)...
yep, it took me forever a few times too, i do it solo.

using the jacks/springbars does take practice.

millva' did you check out the pics in post #30 n #34?

that's a pretty good example of tilting opposite directions,

and using the spring bar to 'tilt' the trailer into the truck's slope.

while using the neon rods as a visual aid...

keep at it!

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everyone SHOULD download the offical manual from any of the multiple links in this thread...

but...



THIS is the users guide! right here bro! we users 'guide' other users...

you likely purchased zerk nipples, not the entire fitting.

see the picture i linked earlier, and go back n read the posts referenced.

already lots of info here on zerks, how they fail, how to insert them and so on...

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everyone SHOULD download the offical manual from any of the multiple links in this thread...

but...



THIS is the users guide! right here bro! we users 'guide' other users...

you likely purchased zerk nipples, not the entire fitting.

see the picture i linked earlier, and go back n read the posts referenced.

already lots of info here on zerks, how they fail, how to insert them and so on...

cheers
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2Air:

Right again.

Why am I not surprised.

I have bought a few (whole) zerk fittings from Hensly, or rather they are sending free of cost considering the haha is still under warranty.

And I learned that the concealed end of the zerk is the thing keeping the tension bars from falling out when they are not under tension.

Although, I still don't know why they go bad in the first place.

I also bought Hensly's small "bag-o-spare" parts.

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2Air:

Right again.

Why am I not surprised.

Although, I still don't know why they go bad in the first place.



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They be not adjusted properly, to tight. Breaks the ends right off when

turning....opps. A lot of us have done it. Why do 'ya think they call 'em

spares.
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In response to info provided by 2Air I ordered a bag of replacement parts from Hensly. When I mentioned that I was having difficulting getting grease into one of the zerks they included a couple of complete zerk fittings in addition to the one in the bag.

Ok, now what?

I mean what steps should I follow in removing the "bad" zerk and replacing it with a new one.

I understand that it should not be to tight, but how will I know when its tight enough?

Also, if the tip of the zerk fits into a grove of the bar how do you know when the bar is in enough? Do you push the bar in until it stops?

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Also, what are the chnaces of the bar falling out when I remove the zerk?
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