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    Dumptruck how to bleed the hydr. clyinder on a dump

    hey guys i have been bleeding my dump truck cylinder while the bed is down .. i just open up the bleeder and let any air of fluid run out and close it...there most be a way to do it so that you dont have any air trapped in the system...cause after a mth or so i have air in the system again and again...how am i suppose to bleed it???? do you bleed it wiht the bed up on the pins..i have a site tub and its about 2" down from full and has been that way for years now...thanks mike

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    Automatic bleeders, thats what all the dumps I pulled had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthmover View Post
    hey guys i have been bleeding my dump truck cylinder while the bed is down .. i just open up the bleeder and let any air of fluid run out and close it...there most be a way to do it so that you dont have any air trapped in the system...cause after a mth or so i have air in the system again and again...how am i suppose to bleed it???? do you bleed it wiht the bed up on the pins..i have a site tub and its about 2" down from full and has been that way for years now...thanks mike
    Dump cylinders always allow air to enter them. When you let the body down always put the control lever back in the neutral position. Most dump truck drivers leave the control in the down position this allows fluid to return to the tank if the packing rings on the cylinder leak slightly. The weight of the fluid wants to return to the lowest point in the system(the tank) if the packing rings allow air past them the fluid gravity feeds into the tank and the air is at the highest point, the cylinder. To bleed a dump body correctly whether it's a dump truck or dump trailer is to raise the body fully, then lower it to within 6" of lowered. Hold the body at this position while bleeding the air off at the top of the cylinder. This way you've raised the cylinder fully and allowed the air to get trapped in the last stage of the cylinder. When you lower it to 6" from the frame rail, you still have the weight of the body being supported by the cylinder and creating pressure to push the air to the top. You can then get into the body and to the top of the cylinder safely to bleed it. If you don't bleed all the air before the body comes to rest..........repeat the whole process until you no air coming from the bleeder.

    The cylinder may need the packing rings tightened, but take the truck to a hydraulic shop to do this properly. If you try to do it yourself you can have problems in how the cylinder stages raises and lowers...........this can be very dangerous with the dump body dropping a complete stage of the cylinder while trying to raise it under a heavy load or the dump body not coming down properly after dumping a load

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les2 View Post
    Automatic bleeders, thats what all the dumps I pulled had.
    I hate the dang gone things..........they always seem to allow oil past them to make a mess of the truck and trailer

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    air in dump cylinder makes PTO pump work with zzzzz sound, but it is normal.
    Dupm truck system is self bleeding system, like PS system, and do not use autobleeders, truck looks greazy! the only good thing with automatic bleeders - oil on frame inhibits rust)))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Haney View Post
    I hate the dang gone things..........they always seem to allow oil past them to make a mess of the truck and trailer
    Wasn't my trailer so it wasn't my choice. It never failed anyway, I'd always have a cylinder that leaked a little so the bleeder was of no worry.

    But it did work.

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    i think i found the problem when i let the bed down i can hear air under the truck so i got under the truck and think the line from the lever to the pum may have a small hole it it ill know for sure tomm.. getting dark now thanks oh my truck has a manual bleeder that i have to pull the cover and turn a small bolt with t hole in it...also it was repacked about 4yrs ago...now when it comes down sometime the last stage will go back up and hit kinda hard from time to time thats how i know it has air.. i bleed it and its good for a while but it is scary and dangerous.. thanks mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthmover View Post
    i think i found the problem when i let the bed down i can hear air under the truck so i got under the truck and think the line from the lever to the pum may have a small hole it it ill know for sure tomm.. getting dark now thanks oh my truck has a manual bleeder that i have to pull the cover and turn a small bolt with t hole in it...also it was repacked about 4yrs ago...now when it comes down sometime the last stage will go back up and hit kinda hard from time to time thats how i know it has air.. i bleed it and its good for a while but it is scary and dangerous.. thanks mike
    Had one drop one scope and slam the deck while I was standing there taking a wiz once....

    Good thing I already had it out of my pants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les2 View Post
    Wasn't my trailer so it wasn't my choice. It never failed anyway, I'd always have a cylinder that leaked a little so the bleeder was of no worry.

    But it did work.
    Dude you drive a Freightliner! Everyone expects it to have oil all over it, under it, all over the driver (especially his hair).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfaulk99 View Post
    Dude you drive a Freightliner! Everyone expects it to have oil all over it, under it, all over the driver (especially his hair).