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Hydraulic oil level

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by landheerj, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. landheerj

    landheerj Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a new 8.2 VXT and this is my first plow. I had it out today and while checking everything over it appeared as though the hydraulic fluid was low with the plow in the straight position on the ground as per the manual. After topping it off with Boss oil I put it back in the garage and removed it from the truck when fluid began leaking out from under the hydraulic enclosure cover. I presume that it is coming from the fill cap but I am not sure what I should do now? I hooked the plow back up to the truck and re-checked the fluid and it looked low again, it is well below the recommended 3/4". Do I need to drain more fluid out of it? Do I leave it as is? Why can't I top the fluid off the the bottom of the elbow without it leaking out of the fill cap? Any info is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the newb questions.
     
  2. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    Your plow should be in the vee position when you check the fluid level!!
     
  3. landheerj

    landheerj Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    According to my owners manual it says that it should be in the straight position.
     
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    May want to check that again. Your issue is being caused because you're filling it in the straight position.

    The plow must be on the truck, on the ground and both wings fully retracted in order to get a proper fill. Any other position and it will be overfull thus push the excess fluid out the internal breather. Just like the situation you're having now. :waving:
     
  5. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    No surprise there, but at boss school they say vee position, that position is common sense....
     
  6. landheerj

    landheerj Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I can assure you that I do know how to read and that the manual states in the straight position. I was just doing as instructed by the manufacturer be it common sense or not. That being said, I checked in the v position and it still looked low, there is barely any in the bottom of the elbow. Should I add more? Did I or can I cause any harm to the pump res. by overfilling it?
     
  7. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    I was saying that I was not shocked that the owners manual was wrong!
    Just in the bottom of the elbow is perfect.
     
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    My point was to look at a prior revision manual, the current manuals are incorrect on the proper position for filling. It should read like this.

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    If it's low in the V position it needs fluid.
     
  9. Deckscapes

    Deckscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    Only fill until you see fluid in the bottom of the elbow. If you fill it up to the top of the neck you have too much fluid and it will leak out of the breather cap.