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    ESM Retract Issues

    I just installed a brand new air retract system and am having issues with them retracting. They pop out and lock ok, but do not go back in with any authority at all - they don't lock. Even when I take the struts off, they don't go back in and lock.

    I've check for binding issues and I can easily move the retract hinge all the way in and out (when not under pressure). When it is under pressure I can feel pressure pushing it out, but in the other direction there just isn't good pressure if any at all.

    I have the red Robart Valve - started at 2 turns out on the needles and from there went all over, not much difference.

    I have a Robart pressure gauge which told me the pressure was always good between 80-100, mostly right around 100 though as I kept pumping it back up thinking it just wasn't pumped up enough.

    So if there are no binding issues and pressure is good - where am I going wrong?

    Wish I had the cash to just buy electric retracts....

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    RE: ESM Retract Issues

    Check for any debris or obstruction in the lines for the retract cycle.
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    RE: ESM Retract Issues

    Most of us have moved on and use the ESM electric retracts
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    RE: ESM Retract Issues


    ORIGINAL: VIRGINIA MODEL BUILDERS

    Most of us have moved on and use the ESM electric retracts
    Hence my statement... Wish I had the cash to just buy electric retracts....

    I will check for debri. Any other ideas?

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    RE: ESM Retract Issues

    Double check the valve for normal function as well. Best of luck.
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    RE: ESM Retract Issues

    Figured it out. The ESM quick couplers I got are way too restrictive. I took them off and put the valve directly to the in/out lines and it worked great. So I ordered some Robart quick release connectors, I'll give them a try I guess.

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    RE: ESM Retract Issues

    Good job! Glad you were able to fix them rather than bearing the expense of electrics. A lot of the problems with discounted products is their failure to clean the components prior to assembly. After a while, disassembly and cleaning becomes a routine after purchase.
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