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Electric Dump Problems

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by braxton, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. braxton

    braxton Junior Member
    from lee, ma
    Messages: 1

    Have a 1997 F- 350 w/ 8' masons dump. From nowhere my dump does not work. Its an electric one, and when you push the button up or down it makes a clicking noise from the dump motor?

    Any help would be great.

  2. Mebes

    Mebes Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    The clicking noise you hear is probably the power solenoid (2 big wires 1 or 2 small wires) check the connections on the big wires that you have a good connection to the battery and check the ground wire (not connected on the solenoid).
    There should be 12v on one of the big terminals at rest and when in operation you should have 12v power at both of the big terminals. good luck post results.
  3. clueless

    clueless Member
    from pa
    Messages: 43

    also check to see if there is power going through the solenoid also.does this have a fuse/circut breaker/shut off solenoid in the system for the main battery cable coming from the battery to the solenoid?corosion on it will cause a no run system,just enough amps going through to engage the solenoid,but not enough to run the motor.

    also is this syetem power up/down or power up/float gravity down?does it have 2 valves on top of the power unit or1?single is power up/gravity down.

    i used to install dump bodies and this is just a few things to look for.just because you have voltage,you might not have ampreage there to run the system.
  4. Gadget

    Gadget Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    My first guess would be the ground - make sure it's clean and tight.