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cable controls

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by derby66, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. derby66

    derby66 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 6

    Have a old western pump & cables-question is were the cables connect to pump there was a white sludge in there,is there suppose to be grease or something in there?
  2. snowblowertruck

    snowblowertruck Member
    Messages: 77

    Was it a thick sludge or a runny sludge? If it was thick someone may have sprayed some lithium grease in there to help prevent corrosion. If it's runny sludge then you may have a seal going to crap, allowing the oil from your pump to mix with the outside moisture. With out more info, this would be my first two guesses.
  3. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    yes its grease you need it
  4. derby66

    derby66 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 6

    Thanks everyone! It was a thick sludge, I'll make sure i put some grease back in there!! Thanks Derby
  5. mnz28

    mnz28 Member
    Messages: 38

    Yes it is grease . While you have the grease out cover the openings where the cables go in.
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    The grease is packed in to stop water from entering and freezing with in the valve body preventing the levers from moving. I have seen this occur. The "White Goo" is old lithium grease probably added by the factory. while you can fill it with grease I also suggest you RTV or silicone where the cables enter the valve blocks to seal the water out as that is how it enters in the first place.