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Old 03-01-2016, 01:55 AM   #1
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Big Foot hydraulic leak

Found some fluid on the RV pad and tracked it down today. Found out it was coming out of one of the hydraulic lines for the big foot system. There's a large box underneath just in front of the rear drivers side tires. There are six lines going into it. 3 red and 3 black. I could get a 15 mm wrench on the 3 red and only on 2 of the black lines. The 3rd black, which is the top one looks to be impossible to get a standard wrench on and of course this seems to be the only line that has a slow leak. Any ideas how to tighten that one line without dropping the main box? Thx, Ben
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Found some fluid on the RV pad and tracked it down today. Found out it was coming out of one of the hydraulic lines for the big foot system. There's a large box underneath just in front of the rear drivers side tires. There are six lines going into it. 3 red and 3 black. I could get a 15 mm wrench on the 3 red and only on 2 of the black lines. The 3rd black, which is the top one looks to be impossible to get a standard wrench on and of course this seems to be the only line that has a slow leak. Any ideas how to tighten that one line without dropping the main box? Thx, Ben
Ben will a crow foot wrench work?
7 Piece 3/8" Crowfoot Metric Wrench Set
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Ben will a crow foot wrench work?
7 Piece 3/8" Crowfoot Metric Wrench Set
Didn't think of that one. I was a Lowes the other day and found a half size in length 15 mm wrench. I was able to get it on that last hydraulic line but did not have the leverage I needed. Will see if I can find a single 15mm crow foot to see if that will be able to get into the tight area I am working in. Thx Sage.
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Do you have the Fully automatic or Platinum?
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Do you have the Fully automatic or Platinum?

I believe fully automatic. We just push one button and it levels up automatically. What is the main difference between platinum and fully automatic?
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I believe fully automatic. We just push one button and it levels up automatically. What is the main difference between platinum and fully automatic?
I have the Platinum with only front to rear leveling with manual side to side and front to rear. It has the green control panel.
I have 4 red and 4 black hoses.
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I have the Platinum with only front to rear leveling with manual side to side and front to rear. It has the green control panel.

I have 4 red and 4 black hoses.

I just read the post again about platinum vs auto leveling. Looks like we have the platinum also. Same color panel as yours. Guess we will check on getting a free upgrade .
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I just read the post again about platinum vs auto leveling. Looks like we have the platinum also. Same color panel as yours. Guess we will check on getting a free upgrade .
I spoke with my dealers and they will get the ball rolling on my upgrade when I give the OK. Not sure if I really want it after all. We dry camp 90% of the time and the sites can be so unleveled by 4"-7" that having it try to auto level could take the rear wheels off the ground. That's BAD as nothing to stop it from rolling and bending the levelers. Then I'm really stuck! I just do it manually lower each to the ground and cautiously bring it to level. It's great in the dealer's showroom when the do it.
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I spoke with my dealers and they will get the ball rolling on my upgrade when I give the OK. Not sure if I really want it after all. We dry camp 90% of the time and the sites can be so unleveled by 4"-7" that having it try to auto level could take the rear wheels off the ground. That's BAD as nothing to stop it from rolling and bending the levelers. Then I'm really stuck! I just do it manually lower each to the ground and cautiously bring it to level. It's great in the dealer's showroom when the do it.

Same here. We mainly dry camp also and like leveling manually. Will have to think about upgrading or not. I did read with the upgrade you can still manually level. The question is, is it worth taking it back to the dealer for the upgrade .
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Same here. We mainly dry camp also and like leveling manually. Will have to think about upgrading or not. I did read with the upgrade you can still manually level. The question is, is it worth taking it back to the dealer for the upgrade .
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Quick question. Does anyone know where to check and fill the hydraulic fluid for the Big Foot levelers? Also, what type of fluid? Curious how much fluid I lost due to the leak. My system is installed on a 2016 Forester 3171DS. Thx, Ben
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Quick question. Does anyone know where to check and fill the hydraulic fluid for the Big Foot levelers? Also, what type of fluid? Curious how much fluid I lost due to the leak. My system is installed on a 2016 Forester 3171DS. Thx, Ben
Ben, it's the box that all the hoses attaches to. The side comes off with great difficulty per my dealer's mechanic. My dealer gave me a quart of what looks like ATF when I had my leak. But you should check the BigFoot site to make sure of the type of ATF.
The mechanic at the dealer said to buy a cheap trigger oil gun with a flex hose as it's near impossible to pour it in.

Just checked BigFoot, use dexron IiI only, never hydraulic fluid.
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Ben, it's the box that all the hoses attaches to. The side comes off with great difficulty per my dealer's mechanic. My dealer gave me a quart of what looks like ATF when I had my leak. But you should check the BigFoot site to make sure of the type of ATF.

The mechanic at the dealer said to buy a cheap trigger oil gun with a flex hose as it's near impossible to pour it in.



Just checked BigFoot, use dexron IiI only, never hydraulic fluid.

Thx for the info Sage.
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