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*Help* Snowex 8500 Problem

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by TwoBrosLawn, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    I have a Vmaxx 8500 with the newest controller, after the last storm we had this start happening: I turn on the controller (spinner side) shows "99" and switchs to "10" while beeping, it just keeps repeating what i described, if i unplug the spinner the auger will start but still no spinner, a local shop said my harness is fried, I say false. Any help is appreciated. we are expecting 4-8 inches tomorrow afternoon.
    i checked and moved my ground to a new location still no fix
     
  2. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    What happens if you unplug the spinner, the auger starts and then you plug the spinner back in?
     
  3. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    the auger turns and spinner does nothing. My buddy gave 12v direct to the spinner and it turns so the problem is not the spinner itself.
     
  4. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    I'm sure you've done it already but have you completly unplugged the controller and put all the wires back on?
     
  5. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    i did. no change
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    you still cant rule out the spinner totally. the way the controller works is by amps. the controller will turn on the spinner,,but if it sees to many amps,,it will shut it down.
    did you remove the cover and look at the spinner motor and trans??
    i have replaced many of them that "seemed" fine. i have never had any read 10 and beep tho.
     
  7. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    i was trying to avoid that because the 8 bolts r rusted
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    For the spinner cover right? I had to say it but if they are that bad your trans might have crap in it and its causing to high of a resistance. You might just be able to bypass the controller with a seprate switch. Workes in a pinch
     
  9. Turf Guy

    Turf Guy Member
    Messages: 51

    Had the same problem.... The spinner motor is pooched and will give up the ghost soon,.... salt dust gets in the motor and cooks it!

    tymusic
     
  10. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    The good part is the spinner motor is most likely cheaper then a new harness... I've done 3 spinner motors already but never had that problem with the controller doing that...

    A very good air hammer will be your friend when you do this job!
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    That's the wierd part...the 10. Unless the knob control is going out?
     
  12. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    do you know anyone with another snowex? bring your spinner over to his truck and hook it up and see what happens... that will solve all your questions...
     
  13. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    When the spinner is directly fed power how is the speed of the spinner??? Keep cycleing power on and off letting the spinner come to a complete rest. I bet the wires running from the main wire to the brush are getting green and loosing continuty. If the spinner finds a flat spot and will not restart then the spinner motor 100%.

    I would pre soak all the bolts holding the trans to the base plate and the spinner with a good penitrating fluid. Add heat and be patient. My gut is thinking spinner motor.
     
  14. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    I soaked them a few days ago, im thinking of grinding them off and just replacing the nuts and bolts. we only gave the spinner direct power once and it spun, dont know at what speed though. the "10" isn't a code its just the lowest number the controller goes to, and 99 obviously the highest....and it doesnt matter the position on the knob high, low, middle no change
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    Ok. That's kinda leading me towards the controller now. If you can't change speed, that's all in the knob
     
  16. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    as soon as I turn on the controller it beeps and the spinner number changes from 10 to 99....and continues until i turn off the power. no chance to change the speed or do anything other than power on and off...how can i check if its the controller?
     
  17. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    Ok. So you can't change the speed at all right? And does it go to an "error" code or no?
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Go to a dealer with a test box. they can check it.
     
  19. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    i took it to a shop, they put a test box on it and it said the auger motor was bad. after running some tests and hooking up a new spinner with no results. We grabbed a new female plug for the spinner, when we stripped back the wire it was all corroded so we cut back the wire to get clean wire, installed the new plug as a safety precaution, hooked everything up and now it works fine...end result corroded wire between harness and female spinner plug...on harness side...this makes sense in my head if you ahve questions please ask...thanks for all the help
     
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,967

    So it was bad on the main harness side? The plug that's bolted to the frame?