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"Dead" Plow

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by cobraman, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. cobraman

    cobraman Member
    Messages: 68

    I have a MTD 7.5' plow and yesterday after coming home, I lowered it and decided I wanted to moved the truck and tried to raise the plow and nothing. The lights on the remote (wired) flash but no response from the plow. I hooked it up driectly to the plow and the same thing. I can hear clicking but no response from the plow. It was late so I just said *&^% it and came in for the night. Today, I slid it into the garage and same thing. I took the cover off and everything looks fine. All the connections look clean, fluid is full. I push the button on the remote and I get a few clicks and then a hissing sound and that is it. This is my first year of plowing so I know nothing about working on these things. I guess I should have learned more before winter. Have I dug myself into a money pit?
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Try jumping the 12 volt motor solenoid
     
  3. cobraman

    cobraman Member
    Messages: 68

    Like I said. I am a dummy with this. What do you mean jumping it. I put a meter on it and there is 12.6 volts coming to the left side top which looks to me like the input side and 0 volts to the left side which goes to the motor. I didn't have 3 hands to press the button on the control.

    I have the plow sitting on the ground in the garage right now and when I pull the truck up and hook power to it I can hear a click. When I first press a button on the controller I hear a few clicks and then a faint whirring or hissing sound. (motor trying to start or air escaping I can't tell I'm a rookie) Up/Down Left/Right same deal. I thought maybe not enough juice but I checked my battery and it was at 12 1/2 volts and the same at the solenoid. I just hosed off the plow yesterday to get all the salt off of it. Could that have done something? It was dry in the box when I took the top off.

    If someone wants to call me to give me more info, PM me and I'll give you my cellie.:nod:
     
  4. BayStateGlenn

    BayStateGlenn Member
    Messages: 42

    The solenoid is a common part that goes bad. To "jump" it you would lay a screwdriver accross the 2 posts to give power to the other side, then try your controll. If it works replace the solenoid.
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Then perhaps you should take it to a dealer who understands what he's looking for. Could be money well spent.
     
  6. cobraman

    cobraman Member
    Messages: 68

    I was reading other posts where people were talking about running cables from their battery to the motor and to the solenoid. So I was confused as to what was meant by jumping the solenoid. After BayStateGlen explained to me what it was, I went out and tried it and the motor fired right up so I know I need a $25 to $35 part instead of an $85 (at least) an hour trip to the dealer. I'm on here to learn and I did today. Thanks guys.

    The new SnoWay dealer here in Rockford doesn't have a Snoway solenoid but has a Boss or a Western so I am going to go look at those tomorrow and see if one of those will fit. More snow coming this weekend and I need to make some money although I still need accounts.
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Western or Boss either one will work.