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my snow plow pump is dead

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ivans snow plow, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    Hi please help
    I try to get ready for snow plowing season in Chicago and i put up my snow plow on the truck hooked it up and nothing my pump doesn't work makes a clicking noise but doesn't do any thing what could be wrong, i have 6 years western snow plow. It was working fine last year.Please help
     
  2. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Check and doubble check your grounds!!!!!!
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    Did you plug in the power?
    fuses?
    fluid?
     
  4. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Would that be the blinker fluid level?:jester:
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    :rolleyes:lol But I do wonder about guys that ask urgent first question them just disappear?
    You'd think they would stick around a few minutes?
     
  6. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    Yes i checked the connection, fuses, didn't check for fluids, you thing it could be low fluids?
     
  7. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Yea, Fluids thats it!:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  8. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Seriously though, it sounds like you have an issue with your ground. Do you hear any noise coming from the motor or just the solenoid?:confused:
     
  9. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    thanks.ussmileyflag
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    Hey your back.. sorry about the comment it's just that time of year.
    Things get crazy...

    It could be the fluid.
    The clicking is proudly the solenoid opening.

    The pump motor is not turning right? Or is it?
    If not.
    Did you fallow the leads from your electric motor to the solenoid then on to the battery?
     
  11. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    i hear low clocking sound, you thing if its no ground i would still hear clicking sound?:confused:
     
  12. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    whats selenoids?
     
  13. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    i mean solenoids
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    The solenoid could be working fine.
    (we'll take a look at that if everything else is o.k.)
    Take a look at the rest of the power leads.

    If you fallow the+ power lead from your battery the first stop is the solenoid, It looks like an old starter solenoid.

    The other solenoids control functions like up down and side to side.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2008
  15. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Yea, if you are getting power to the solenoid it will make a clicking sound only, if it has a bad ground to the pump, with out the ground it will not complete the circuit thus your plow will do absolutely nothing. Take a jumper wire from your batt. neg post and go directly to your pump ground at the pump and see if you can get it to move then.:drinkup:
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    Then if that does not work try it with the +pos lead to the + post on the plow if is spins now you may need to replace the solenoid.
     
  17. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    thanks i will do that and let you know, also what kind of fluids i should use and how is the best way to change it?
     
  18. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    i have western snow plow
     
  19. iowaplowboy

    iowaplowboy Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 37

    Mine did the same thing ... $11.00 for a new solenoid, takes 5 minutes (not including finding the right wrench). Good idea to buy TWO of them ... these can go with no warning, and you don't want to be in the middle of a storm run (with LOTS of money to make) and have it go out when the parts store is closed.
     
  20. ivans snow plow

    ivans snow plow Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 24

    Ok i ran jumper cable directly from battery to the pump + to +, -to - pump makes kicking noise, pump works fine right? but when i connect cables it doesn't do anything so you think it's the solenoid?

    thanks