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    Troubleshooting a lift

    How would a guy go about troubleshooting a very slow leak in a lift? If I lived down there, I could make small changes over time and figure it out, but I do not have the time. It is a two tube hydrohoist with two valves. Any thoughts?

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    Replace the hoses cause they're easy and cheap. Use soap suds on the valves?

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    Put some soapy water on the fittings first. Look for small bubbles, if none, then I would suspect a valve not closing all the way. How long does it take to leak down?? Do you have a manual lift or one with a remote. Most likely it is a loose fitting, but sometimes you can get fooled by the damn things.

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    Check the valve STEM packing too with suds.

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    I had to replace the valve on our hydrohoist. The valve had a rubber lip that was deteriorating and allowing a slow leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughey
    I had to replace the valve on our hydrohoist. The valve had a rubber lip that was deteriorating and allowing a slow leak.
    Could you see this rubber lip? Would it bubble with a soap solution?

    These are all ideas that I will try this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Tango
    Could you see this rubber lip? Would it bubble with a soap solution?

    These are all ideas that I will try this weekend.
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    Jeff, That is where mine was leaking once too. Pull off the exhaust hose and spray the soapy water in the valve. If it leaks you will see it. If you need some help let me know!

    Jeff

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    Mine was bad enough that the rubber seal was tearing around the outer edge of the brass disk. I replaced it with a valve from the hardware store but had to modify the extinsion handle to fit on the new valve. the new valve does not have the rubber lip .

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    Another question. Does it have a remote? If so what kind?

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    Sounds like you guys have him going in the right direction, don't forget to check around all the fittings where there's a hose clamp with the soap. You can also spray the soap mixture in your hand and hold it over the valve fitting. It will bubble right in your palm if its leaking there.
    I'm having gas problems

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    We started with just replacing the hoses, and it worked...

    We were gonna start on the valves after that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hell Ya!
    Another question. Does it have a remote? If so what kind?
    It does not have a remote. I suspect that it is probably the valve packing. I don't think that anything has changed that would make me think that it would be a hose or a clamp (but I will check them all).

    With any luck, Trico will be installing our new slip on Friday (old one was totalled in December), and the lift guys will be installing the lift that I bought last year from VonBongo on Monday. The Trico people have been a real pain in the arse. I would not use them again, as they were to have it completed by Memorial weekend. We are coming down Friday and will stick around till Monday to get the new lift installed and adjusted to fit the boat. It is always amazing how much better everything goes if I am there overseeing things.

    Sooooomeday, I would like to put a remote on that lift.

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    I have a remote on both lifts. One has better range than the other and one is faster.

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