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Old 24-03-2009, 12:07   #1
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Question Hydraulic Systems

I'm fairly new to boating and have a Gulfstar that uses hydraulics for the roller furlings. We had to disconnect the hoses so that we could move the sails when we were hauled out (couldn't get the crane in place otherwise). Now I have to reconnect them. It seems likely that a very small amount of air is going to enter the hydraulic system when I do that. Is this important? Do I need to bleed the lines? Any advice will be welcomed!!
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Air in a hydraulic system will usually work itself out by running the hydraulic motor forward and reverse several times. If your sail is not on the furler it will be easier, but if it is and you want to do this at anchor or in the marina, pick a calm day. The air just gets back to the vented high point or sysrem reservoir and is vented off.
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