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Old 03-10-2011
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On my 86 PT40 the front steps will droop out after about 10 minutes after engine shut down. It has just started doing this, I can hear air escaping somewhere near the front, since I'm new to the Bluebird I would appreciate any suggestions???
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Jim,

Right behind the step is the electric over air solenoid which operates the air cylinder that operates the step. More than likely the solenoid assembly is shot. I just replaced the one on my 85 PT yesterday! I have never had any luck rebuilding them, best bet is to replace it. I had a spare one but I believe Steve Birtles with Dupree Products sells them?

I can't emphasis enough to... BE CAREFULL!!! That swinging step can break an arm or worse.

Good luck!
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On my 86 PT40 the front steps will droop out after about 10 minutes after engine shut down. It has just started doing this, I can hear air escaping somewhere near the front, since I'm new to the Bluebird I would appreciate any suggestions???
"Air escaping from the front????"

The step or something else is losing air fast... if you can hear it , it should be easy to find. But as stated be very careful under the bus , there is information on safety in the files.
The leak must be stopped, it could be numerous connections or air valves, solenoids etc. Use a soapy spritzer bottle. there is probably more than one air leak.
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Lets really emphasize this step business. There is NO safety switch like a garage door sensor to stop the movement if an object gets in the way.
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Good morning all. So since we are on ths step business, How do you set the step where it stays out after you power down thhe bird. I do not think that I have the sequence of switches down as of yet? Some times it does and some times it goes back in?
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There should be a switch in the step well.
also the door open / close switch in the top of the door jam needs to be checked for operation.
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Kirk, My old bird has a dash switch and one in a cabnet next to the door.
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Thanks for the input, I will check them out.
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Ernie:

"Lets really emphasize this step business. There is NO safety switch like a garage door sensor to stop the movement if an object gets in the way."

I have to disagree with you Ernie. The way that BB had engineered it, there was a SAFETY switch to prevent movement if an object gets in the way.
Many of the owners have disconnected them, I had one on the 84 and made it work like it was supposed to, it is a good feature.
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Not all birds have that safety switch. My coach did not come with a safety switch at all (as far as I know...)
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