1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

How to replace atf with hydrolic fluid?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by birddseedd, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    To be more specific, after i drain the atf from the system, how do i ensure it is clean. im sure just compressing the cylinders will leave more than a residue of atf in. i would assume maxing some atf in the hydrolic fluid is not optimal
     
  2. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    ok. hook the rams together with a flushing material and move back and forth. guess i gotta get with my dealer to get some flushing fluid

    thanks for the help
     
  4. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    what i do is unhook the hoses and drain the cylinders, drain the pump hook up fill pump with kerosen run up and down left right a few times. re drain fill with your hydro fluid then repeat prosses with out the kerosene after a few uses that how i do it and works great
     
  5. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    The ATF and hydraulic fluid will mix if there is some leftover. I wouldn't do the kerosene flush
     
  6. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    kerosene is what the dealer uses flush the system. i use it on all my plows as well and always had positive resaults .
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    was thinking of buying some flush. too much of a noob to use shortcuts i dotn knwo about.
     
  8. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    If you change the fluid once a year why would you need to do a flush? My fluid doesn't really even get dirty and the fluid I use is clear
     
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Flushing an old unit is not a bad Idea. Use Meyer Hydra-flush instead of kerosene. Cleans, lubricates and is compatible with everything.

    Don't you have a cable controlled plow? you can run ATF with no issues other then it is a little slower and draws a couple more amps that unit has BIG passages. Now if you have electric cartridge valves, then you should run a premium plow fluid.
     
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    don't want to mix any atf with hydro fluid.
     
  11. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    I'm told hydro fluid expands water molocules. if it moves faster and draws less amps that's 2 more reasons. that is actually an issue with my truck. battery is getting old and faster is always better.

    would like to find a place for a 2nd battery next year
     
  12. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    what truck do you have
     
  13. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    04 ram 1500.
    no built in place for a 2nd battery
     
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    That might be the most intelligent thing I've seen you post:nod::nod::nod:
     
  15. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    Have fun with that
     
  16. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Oh yes there is. Just have to be creative.
     
  17. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    ya. ill figure something out. have till next year.
     
  18. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    There's enough room to fab up a battery tray behind the front bumper and under the radiator. I made one this winter because I had the same problem but with only plow 6 or 7 times I didn't feel the need to get another battery. Like you said, got till next season.