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Old 06-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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watts regulator

Air in gauge. IS that a problem? What di I refill with if necessary
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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Mine's always looked like that, I believe.

Didn't you buy from rvwaterfilterstore.com? I'd try emailing them- I'm sure he's seen all sorts of things.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:12 AM   #3
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Mine is the same. I believe the air gap allows for some expansion and contraction.

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #4
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There should be no water in the gauge.

You have a leaking seal in the gauge itself. It will work as long as the glass does not break or the mechanism does not corrode. Replacing the gauge is cheaper (and easier) than replacing the entire regulator.
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If you bought a regulator as in this link, then it is an oil filled gauge to help prevent vibration of needle. Air is normal and is for expansion of fluid. No need to add oil in it.

http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/im...dels%20002.JPG
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If you bought a regulator as in this link, then it is an oil filled gauge to help prevent vibration of needle. Air is normal and is for expansion of fluid. No need to add oil in it.

http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/im...dels%20002.JPG
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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Higher end tire gauges are also oil filled. Fonzie is correct, any gauges subjected to vibration are oil filled and usually a little pricey.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:14 AM   #8
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Fluid filled gauges are very common in industry. As stated, they are used to dampen needle fluctuation. Also as said, the air space is to allow expansion of the fluid on temperature and elevation change.

One thing to watch, on the link provided, that little blue button on top of the gauge is a vent to equalize pressure in the gauge case. For the gauge to read accurately the vent needs to be open, but if it is open and the gauge is not upright, the fill fluid will leak out.

The best way to handle that is when you arrive at your destination, hold the gauge upright, open the vent and let the pressure in the gauge case equalize, then close the vent. This is usually required with large change in elevations, like traveling between the plains and the mountains.

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Yeah, it's oil filled as mentioned by many others.
FYI- I got the cheaper "air filled" gauge. It's already rusting
slightly on the inside.
IF I had it to do over, I'd spend the few extra bucks and get the oil
filled one.
Since it's oil filled- it's sealed and won't let moisture in.
Standard gauges typically will leak moisture inside eventually.
Since mine is usually on the spigot out in the weather, it gets wet.
Shoudda got the oil filled one
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Yeah, it's oil filled as mentioned by many others.
FYI- I got the cheaper "air filled" gauge. It's already rusting
slightly on the inside.
IF I had it to do over, I'd spend the few extra bucks and get the oil
filled one.
Since it's oil filled- it's sealed and won't let moisture in.
Standard gauges typically will leak moisture inside eventually.
Since mine is usually on the spigot out in the weather, it gets wet.
Shoudda got the oil filled one
Regulators on spigots have a habit of 'walking off'. I mounted mine inside and cut its legs off.
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