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Torsion Level, again
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Recently, my 5677 Executive got a punctured tire. While waiting for new tires - we plan to replace both at the rear - we disengaged TL (what has to be done, anyway, for the wheel change). The idea was to see if shut off/on TL could help to hold the car's tail on the correct level. It was too high.

Problems occurred immediately, as TL refused to start. So, we have a Packard that can't be moved, sitting in a cramped lot in the low basement car park with a flat left rear wheel.

Is there a recommended procedure to solve the remedy?

Your advice is much appreciated.

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Posted on: 2012/8/29 17:16
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Re: Torsion Level, again
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Check fuses...in engine compartment...7.5...and 20 amp..

Posted on: 2012/8/29 17:45
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A question on how the rear end was moved down. Were you doing something to try and move it to the height you wanted or did it just go down by itself.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 18:51
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If the car is at rest and sitting up or down in the rear, the centering adjustment is covered in the manual. If I recall right, all you need to do is turn or unturn a turnbuckle under the center of the car.

You don't have to go to extremes to change a tire: sit on the trunk till the car relevels, then shut off the TL, with a small toggle switch under the drivers side of the dash near the door. Hopefully you can use a floorjack, NOT the OEM bumperjack. Skirts come off with one bolt on the rear end of the skirt.

Radials on all four tires would be a major ride improvement if you currently have belted tires.

this site has the manual as a series of printable PDF files. You need to take a look at them.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 19:35
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michaelk -

Before you go crawling underneath the car, you might be able to "manually" level her out from the engine bay, since the T-L solenoids were relocated to the back side of the left front fender splasher in the 56th Series.

Unless there's a blown fuse, the solenoids that activate the compensator motor should always have a hot feed, from the battery. Check the copper buss bar with a 12V test light to verify voltage is present.

In turn, either solenoid is activate by a respective circuit that runs through a limit switch and is grounded by the control box. If wired correctly, the UP solenoid is activated by an orange wire (the DOWN solenoid is activated by a blue wire).

So, if you momentarily connect a jumper wire from ground to the solenoid terminal with the ORANGE wire, the motor should come on and raise the car. Remove the jumper just as the rear of the car comes up close to level.

Then, using a floor jack with its saddle placed under the frame rail, ahead of the kickup for the rear axle and near where the X-member is attached (but careful to avoid suspension components), jack the car up so you can remove the rear fender skirt and, then, the tire/wheel.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 20:48
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The caution I'd raise is jumping at the solenoids bypass the limit switches. Not knowing the position of transverse bars and what is causing the current issue, if something failed and caused bars to cross over and switch sides as happened with at least one unit not too long ago, driving more without knowing what is happening or watching could cause damage.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 20:59
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michaelk,

Check out my post here http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... =ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0

especially post #5. Hope this helps and I hope you don't have as many compounded issues. Maybe just the fuse(s). Good luck

Posted on: 2012/8/29 21:58
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Posted on: 2012/8/30 1:01
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We did nothing else than deactivate TL by using the toggler switch under the dash.


There are quite few things to check now. Thank you all for your help. I'll give an update soon.

Posted on: 2012/8/30 2:18
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What happens if you push down on the front end of the car as it sits in the picture?

Since it is in a tight space, can you put a jack under the frame as far as you can, then jack it up, put a jack stand under it, then move back the jack so you can change the tire? Then move the car to a Larger area to correct the TL system.

Posted on: 2012/8/30 10:39
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