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My 2003 Winnebago sightseer's kwikee level best jacks did

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My 2003 Winnebago sightseer's kwikee level best jacks did not go down while on a trip. I walked around to check things out and saw that the front left jack had fluid pouring from the foot.
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Customer: The jacks will not go down all of the ATF poured out of one jack. I want to know if replacing the jack will fix things. If one bad jack will cause all the others to not go down. Want to know where to focus first.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing yet looking at buying a used jack
JA: Is there anything else the RV Mechanic should be aware of about your RV?
Customer: no it is in good working order has about 37k miles on it, I have only had it for about 6 months but from talking to the previous owner and looking over his records it seem to have been well cared for
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Could you tell if it was coming from out of the seal area on the shaft or higher up where the lines attach? It sounds like you broke a fitting or ruptured a hose and are losing fluid. And yes.......losing that much fluid will cause an issue on the other jacks as a rule. Get back to me with this information and I can direct you further.

Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

You may have to crawl under there with a flashlight to inspect the two hoses and where they attach to the jack. Usually, a seal only seeps and won't lose that much fluid. Let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The fittings don't appear to be wet, but the around the ram shafts it is. Kind of hard to tell.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

How low is the reservoir for the fluid? You might want to fill it up and cycle the jacks and see if you can do that and have someone watch for where it is leaking. That might give you a clue of where to go next.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No fluid in the tank I will have to buy some extra more and give it a try.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

That must be some leak! It takes about 2 quarts for more fluid to fill that up. Use Dex-Merc or Dextron III.