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Meyer Plow Sluggish

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by bdespard, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. bdespard

    bdespard Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a 1994 CJ with a 6ft Meyer electric plow . It worked great last winter. I parked it for the summer and recently checked the hydraulic reservoir. I had to add about 6 ounces of fluid. The plow lifted nice but wouldn't angle to either side the first few attempts. I angles and lifts sluggish now and fluid squirts out of the relief port on the top of the main cylinder.
    The fluid looks somewhat foamy. What can I do to fix this?:):)
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    The foam is from air in the system which is normal if its low on fluid and you fill it up and run it through the system. The foam will go away overnight. If it looks milky at times that means there is a leak, and water is getting in. (Like mine)

    Flush your pump and anglers, and refill with hydro fluid.
     
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Yes, foam is from air.

    You should change your fluid.
     
  4. bdespard

    bdespard Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Sluggish

    How do I flush the system?
     
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Theres a drain plug on the bottom of the unit,

    drain out the old fluid and replace it with new.
     
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    Flush your anglers as well as your pump.
     
  7. bdespard

    bdespard Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I drained the old fluid out and replaced it with new fluid. I have the same problem. The plow is extremely sluggish and when I raise it and lower it fluid sprays out of the relief plug. Are there hydraulic filters somewhere that might be dirty?
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

  9. iowaplowboy

    iowaplowboy Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 37

    Bleed

    Back off the connections at the cylinders and move the blade back and forth. Make sure the blade is down (cylinders higher in the back than in the front) when you do it, so that any air pockets in the cylinders can work their way out. You will lose fluid, so have some on hand (some guys try to "catch" it, but if it's contaminated you don't want it). Move the blade back and forth until you get a steady stream of fluid on both sides. Keep an eye on the reservoir ... if you run it empty you'll end up with the same problem all over again.

    Never hurts to replace the filters, and if you're replacing the fluid it's a good time. Otherwise like changing the oil in your truck and leaving the old filter.