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HTS joystick controller

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by giraffe, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. giraffe

    giraffe Junior Member
    from 55423
    Messages: 2

    We have a Western HTS just bought in November. We had to replace the battery in the truck now the handheld controller won't power on. Also, the blade is in the down position. Is there a manual release to be able to lift the blade?
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  2. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    There is no manual override to lift the blade. The HTS is a multiplex system which means the controller is like a radio encoder and the plow has a decoder. All the function signals are transmitted on two wires in the harness, one goes from controller to plow and one goes from plow to controller. If you want to override the system and make it goe up you have to do it with jumpers at the plow. First take the cover off the plow motor / reservoir. After the cover is removed replace the lift cylinder. Now disconnect the blue wire from the S3 coil, that will be the rear most coil / valve. Leave the red wire connected, this is the common positive. Use a small jumper wire to connect the open pin on the S3 coil to any good ground. You should see a small spark when you connect and hear a click as the valve opens. Of course the plow has to be connected to the vehicle for power to be there as well. Now the only thing left to do is activate the motor by using a screwdriver to short out the two large pins on the big motor relay. Be careful not to get pinched when the plow moves.

    You might try some basic troubleshooting before you do this though.... If the system worked before the battery was replaced then the most likely problem is that one of the main cables to the battery was disconnected and not reconnected. Have a look at the battery for the large red and black cables coming from the main plow power plug. Note that if this is not connected the jumper lift process will not work either because there is no power at the plow to work with. You might also check the two fuses at the isolation module (in a little black receptical with four wires going to it only inches from ports B & C ) and verify that there is ignition power to the red wire that comes off the control harness under the dash. Find this wire juat about a foot back from the hand held controller plug. This little red wire should seperate from the harness and connect to an ignition source at the fusebox. If this wire has come off or the curcuit suplying it has gone dead the controller will not fire up.
     
  3. giraffe

    giraffe Junior Member
    from 55423
    Messages: 2

    it works now

    Thanks Mishnick! The positive terminal wasn't secured tight. I tightened it and it works now.
     
  4. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Awsome, I wish all threads could be resolved in so few posts...