Here's a close-up of the area I'm talking about.
Thanks Bill.cnypropertysvcs said:It looks like the packing nut is loose or the seal is worn/torn. I would first try to tighten the packing nut- but don't tighten it too much or it wil bind the cylinder up and you'l have more problems. If the seal is gone you can pick up a kit to replace it and it shouldn't take too long to do- as long as the packing nut isn't frozen into the ram! Be careful when removing it- they tend to rust into place.
God luck and let us know how you make out!
It's stored in a garage all year. I've already used it once this year for about 4 hours, almost one week ago. Prior to that there was nothing leaking, I just noticed it yesterday.cnypropertysvcs said:I have had them last much longer than that, but it really depends on how you store te cylinder- did you seat t all the way down after the last use of the season? I know alot of guys who will put some sort of sealer- petroleum jelly, axle grease, etc... around the cylinder/nut to keep water and debris from getting down into the cylinder. If you picked up any sand or dirt then while using it you could have pulled it down into the seal area causing your leak. Or if it dry rotted then it was just a matter of time before it started to leak. The dealer should be able to remove the nut and pull the seal out and I'm sure you'll find the problem right away.
This rings up a good question- How many guys out there keep a spare lift cylinder and angle cylinder in the garage? I know it's not often that these parts have problems, but for those who do their own maintnence and live in the middle of nowhere this is an option. Just curious.
Good luck tmo! Let us know if it was dirt or a bad seal.
Good question. I'll check on it later and see if it's still dry, I don't think it will leak again since the only thing it could've been were the seals.windmill said:Yes . . but is it still leaking.
Out of a dozen pictures, none came out focused! Oh well. You can see the wear on the top of the seal.cnypropertysvcs said:Nova- glad I could be of help- also glad to hear it was something that simple- those seals aren't very hard to do, I'm glad you did it yourself- could have been more expensive if the dealer did it. How did the seals look when they came out? Were they cracked at all? Or was there some damage to them from possibly something getting pulled down into the cylinder? I hope that they were just cracked from dry rot- if they weren't you might want to consider flushing your system and putting new fluid in- could have a cantaminate in there that would cause the problem all over again!
Good luck- hope it's not leaking, and let us know about the seals- I'm hoping for dry rot and not contamination.