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fluid level

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by martyman, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I went out again to check the level on my plow but I can't get the allen key plug out...is there another way to check my level? should I have the plow down when I check or up? thanks...
     
  2. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    What kind of plow?
     
  3. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Western...6.5 on my jeep...around 7 years old
     
  4. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    Sorry i have fisher and meyers
     
  5. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    thanks anyway :)
     
  6. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    The plow should be down and the lift cylinder should be pushed all the way down and attached to the truck. If the plug is not striped and you simply need more leverage you could slip a piece of pipe over the allen key.
     
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    You could take a straw or anything clean and put it in the fill hole to see how much fluid is in there. It should be around 2" from the top. You might try heating the allen screw before trying to turn it also. If the fluid has not been changed in a while then you should be doing that.
     
  8. PreFabber

    PreFabber Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 36

    before you use extra leverage, let it soak a little bit with wd-40 or equivalent, then put the allen in and lightly smack it with a hammer to shock it incase it's a little corroded. this will help break it loose. another idea would be to try and tighten is jsut a bit first, believe it or not it helps break them loose. good luck.
     
  9. TLC Ken

    TLC Ken Member
    Messages: 47

    If you have too much trouble, just unbolt the big bolts that hold down the motor to the reservoir. Then pull the electric motor up and off. This is how I flush and fill my westerns for the last 3 or 4 years. Sure beats filling thtough that goofy little pipe plug on teh upper corner. Just make sure to unhook the batt cable first and watch you don't tear the gasket. This method, you can get about an extra quart out/in when you change. And look for any metal pieces.

    It helps to have that side allen bolt you're talking about out to check the level. Once you see where, you can remember how the level looks as you view it from above for next time.

    I think your plow is similar to my western unimounts. But I haven't seen too many smaller plows up close.
     
  10. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    The last couple of seasons I did it the way TLC Ken has describes but I also spray brake cleaner in the reservior and it cleans out any junk. It aslo helps to keep the filter clean.