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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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If the jack works I wouldn't worry about changing the fluid. If you do change it, buy hydraulic fluid formulated for jacks DO NOT use brake fluid it will dissolve the seals in you jack.

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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 06:06 PM
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I'd be interested in hearing if a change of fluid repairs the worn out, leaky internal seals in that jack.
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oh no, maybe i have worn out leaky internal seals, which begs a question, if this is so, and i can find the correct repair kit for a Craftsman Motorcycle/ATV Jack Model No. 37404, is that something I can do myself? Is it difficult to do a seal replacement?

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You might be able to buy the parts from Sears and do it yourself, but it's really a job best left to the professionals. They have the tools and parts to do it right.
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I just checked my jack with the tool box on it as test weight, and in 16 hours since I set it there the tool box has lowered 1"

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Can you live with that, or do you want it fixed? Your call.
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I can live with that, just checked, down 2.5" in 30 hours with tool box on it

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Try bleeding the air out again sometimes takes several times to get all the air out.
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ok, I lowered the jack, held open and pumped 99 times, raised up then lowered again to repeat, then raised up again and measured height, so will let it sit till tomorrow and then check again for any drop. but I kind of suspect my jack needs a new seal but I think I can live with the way it is, all I need is to get the bike up enough to remove the front tire when it needs a new tire and I can lock the jack into its up position until I replace the tire, then unlock jack and lower, at least the jack can go up, it doesn't stay up but the amount of leaking is only small

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All of these jacks have some kind of safety latch that should be used to support the bike weight, the jack is primarily intended to raise and lower the bike. If the bike is left up for a while it would be a good idea to pump the jack a few times from time to time to make sure it is ready to take the load just in case the safety latch slips when you are working on the bike.
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