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Auto Transmission Fluid for pump?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by GLS, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Is it ok to use automatic transmission fluid in the pump?

    I just bought a truck/plow from a guy and he says he just uses regular ATF. He has been doing it to a western pump for 7 years and it seems to be fine.

    I have heard that the name brand fluids from western, boss...just stands up to cold weather.

    Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. AtlasFBG2

    AtlasFBG2 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 62

    I tried atf in my myer pump and it seemed to operate slower.The hydralic fliud made for snow plows contains alcohol or de icer i believe which keeps it from freezing up.I drained my out and refilled it with Myer pump oil.
     
  3. firefighter

    firefighter Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 44

    Auto fluid

    When I had a meyers plow I used ford tranny fluid in it. For over 30 years. The fluid never iced up and cyl always moved swiftly. I now run a 8'2 boss.

    Firefighter:eek:
     
  4. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    It's fine. Use a decent quality tranny fluid not the $.79 special.
    Just like how you put decent oil into the truck.
     
  5. rec067

    rec067 Member
    Messages: 34

    I have been using amsoil syn atf for years. I my myers and now in my boss, no troubles. I feel the syn withstands the cold temp as good as the brand name fluids. Just my 2 cents worth
     
  6. NoStockBikes!!

    NoStockBikes!! Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    Better. The Amsoil synth ATF maintains fluidity to like -70. Standard ATF will be pretty doggone thick when you start dropping much below freezing. Any synthetic ATF will be your best cold temp bet.
     
  7. landman

    landman Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 185

    Western tells you to use ATF there is a sticker on the pump by the fill hole.
     
  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    I got a Fisher any idea on how much it will take to fill???
     
  9. rec067

    rec067 Member
    Messages: 34

    LB,
    Just a guess but should be about 2 quarts. Thants all My 8 foot boss holds. Maybe you can down load a spec sheet from fisher website? Or maybe somebody knows for sure. Good luck
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2002
  10. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    My MVP is about 2 quarts. Fill it with the cylinders fully retracted or you will do what I did the first time & blow the fill cap right off.
    Plus you will get all the old fluid out that way.
     
  11. KenP

    KenP Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    Western recommends AT fluid, I use Mobile 1 syn fluid
     
  12. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I used ATF when I had underhood pumps, but switched to Amsoil with my Blizzard, I feel it works better in the colder temps as others have mentioned.
     
  13. WHITE=GREEN

    WHITE=GREEN Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    pelican,
    which amsoil atf are you using. i checked out their website and they have about 6 different synthetic atf fluids available. im going to change fluid in my blizzard and was thinking about trying amsoil. thanks.
     
  14. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    What Amsoil recommended was their Hydraulic Transmission Oil, # ATH-05. I got a 5 gallon pail, you'll use about half to fill all the cylinders and reservoir.