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ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS??? or NORMAL???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by befnme, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. befnme

    befnme Junior Member
    from nc.
    Messages: 16

    I recently purchased an older model swenson plow. I was out today pushing down my dirt drive just moving a little topsand to try and get the feel of everything .well it's in the 30's here but with wind the feels like is in the teens. So i was using my heater. I noticed that with my heater and lights going everything i move the blade in any direction my lights and heater dims. Is this normal? Or do you get it warm in your truck the shut the heat off to push?

    My truck is a 2004 f250 6.0
     
  2. befnme

    befnme Junior Member
    from nc.
    Messages: 16

    Forgot to mention that I am quite sure I wired everything correctly. It all goes directly to the battery.
     
  3. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    normal .

    JR
     
  4. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    its normal, I have the same problem but getting a bigger charging system costs way to much and just isn't worth it
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,462

    How fast or how high were your rpm's..
    A lot of alts do not start to really put out a lot of power until they reach 15-2k in rpm's

    next clean the electrical connections on your plow if you have not already.
    Did you do your annual service?
    New fluid and clean the filter?

    If this is normal?...... a second battery may be a solution worth looking into?
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2008
  6. befnme

    befnme Junior Member
    from nc.
    Messages: 16

    Thanks for the help guys. Now i know what to expect. Snowfarmer I already have 2 batteries:waving: lord i don't want 3.
     
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,462

    lol I hear ya..:waving:

    But with two batts you souuld be abel to run everything you have at almost any speed
     
  8. saabman

    saabman Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 70

    That is totally normal. A bigger battery or dual batteries will lessen the impact voltage drop but their primary advantage is faster recovery time.
     
  9. dfdsuperduty

    dfdsuperduty Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    ref dual batteries i know there have been many post on how to hook up dual batteries and i was all prepaired to do it and then i go and do a little research and find that someone is saying that i need to run an isolater on the second bat. what do you guys think iso or not do you think if i run them in series + to +, - to - am i going to be ok with my 03 f-150 HELP!!!!:help::help::help::help:
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,462

    No isolater needed...:waving:
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What I always notice is when you first start out everything is cold. Once the truck is warmed up the elections flow better and the fluid gets nice and hot ,so less strain.
     
  12. jjtmarineb2

    jjtmarineb2 Member
    Messages: 79

    Actually electrons flow faster/better as the temperature drops. The battery may not produce as much when cold due to the chemical reaction being slower, but as for the electricity, colder is better.
     
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609


    Than maybe I'm warmed up,because things seem to go faster.:D
     
  14. saabman

    saabman Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 70

    Hey where can I find some super conductor battery cables :)

    In all seriousness, parallel connection (+ to +, and - to -) is what you want. Run the cables away from heat sources (like on top of the fan shroud). When first started a battery is not in an ideal state to handle the load of the pump. Notice the difference in CCA of a battery at 0 degrees vs 60 degrees. But you should be warming your truck before use anyway. You are going to work the engine hard so you want the oil flowing well. Under hood temps should rise and that will help the battery warm up (slow but sure, it is quite a heat sink)