Recommended AmeriDeck SuperDeck III Maintenance
Below are the recommended regular maintenance procedures that all AmeriDeck™
Hydraulic Loading System owners should follow.
• Grease all pivot pins every (60-90 days)
• Grease wheel axles every (60-90 days)
• Lubricate slide in rolling wheel bars every (60-90 days)
• Maintain a good electrical ground connection
• Keep the oil reservoir topped up (use Dextron Automatic Transmission Oil)
• Spray all electrical connections with anti corrosion spray or apply lithium grease.
There are 5 pivot pins and two roller shafts.
Deck not loading straight:
On uneven surfaces, the deck sometimes will not line
Here's the link to the parts manual:
Parts Manual <<<
The control pendant has a plug so that the control module can be disconnected and kept dry in your truck. Pulling on this plug can loosen the wires inside and cause a loss of control.
this happened on my own unit and I have to press the wires into the plug to establish a connection. We do sell replacement pendants but I haven't gotten around to that.
If you are experiencing control problems you can "ring out" the connections as follows.
Jumber between the lower left "power" socket (12V) and the "hydraulic pump" socket. This should activate the pump. Do not leave the pump running this way as no valves are open and it will over heat.
If the pump does not activate, use a volt meter to check that the power socket has 12v at all times. If the socket does not have power you need to check the black wire connection down beside the hydraulic pump. If that does not have power check the circuit breaker up by your battery.
To test the solenoids, put a jumper between either of the upper sockets and the power socket. You should hear a click from a solenoid. With that connection maintained, connect a jumper to the pump socket and the cylinder should extend or retract.
If all of these connections work, the problem is likely in the controller with the push-buttons. We do sell complete replacement pendants for $165 + shipping.
Standard Pendant is $165 plus shipping.
High end Pendant (waterproof and built to last) is $250 plus shipping.
Wireless Remote $165 (shipping runs about $7+-)
Trouble shooting Hydraulics:
The hydraulic package is from Bucher Hydraulics, Grand Rapids, MI 616-458-1306
Model # M3551-0514
Bucher has dealers nationwide and all of the components are available off-the-shelf. You can order them through us but it's cheaper to buy from them.
We had one system that had a problem when it was stopped part way down. The cylinder would creep (while extending) with no power applied. This turned out to be a problem with the smaller of the two control valves. We replaced this one under warranty and the customer installed it themselves. Any hydraulic shop should be able to help with this.
Wireless not working: This is due to the battery being low. Using a tiny screwdriver, open the wireless transmitter and remove the circuit board. The battery is a size 2450 and you would do well to keep a spare around, along with a tiny screwdriver.
When the battery is getting low the blue light on the face of the fob will flicker.