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Old Westerm Pump problem, HELP?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Nascar24, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I have an old western plow on my 87 Dodge Dakota which is new to me. I went to use it last night and the pump motor would not work unless I hit with a hammer! So I took the top of f the motor and it was a bucket of rust! So this morning I went down to the auto parts store and picked up a replacement motor. I installed the new motor ( on the Sam box it did say new version pump) and it started to work but it lifts a little but slows to a stop, but angles Fine?

    I have no clue about these types of pumps, it is a cable operated model and all the cables and controls seem to be in working order, so what should I be looking for,, an adjustment? a worn out lift seal? crapped up filter?, or is it time for a rebuild?

    I'm almost ready to remove all theWestern stuff and install a Meyer pump, harness and controls, but I know all you guys swear by these western pumps so I don't want to give up on it just yet, especially after I spent $150 for a new motor.

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

    Thanks
    Jay
     
  2. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    go out side and jump the solenoid if the plow gos up quick you need 2 adjust the cable if it gos up slow clean out the pump
     
  3. mnz28

    mnz28 Member
    Messages: 38

  4. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Thanks Guys!

    I'll try jumping out the Solenoid and see what it does

    The one thing I failed to say was the drop on this plow is wicked FAST! so does it sound more like a cable adjustment?

    Thanks Again

    Jay
     
  5. mnz28

    mnz28 Member
    Messages: 38

    It does sound like a cable to me.
     
  6. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    yessssssssssssssssss
     
  7. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Thanks Again!

    I haven't had much time to take a second look at it, but The previous owner had replaced the lift cable , just before I purchased it in July, so he probabaly just installed it and never adjusted it properly.

    When I can find the time I'll go right there first.

    Any special tips or precautions I should be aware of ?

    thanks
    Again
    Jay
     
  8. mnz28

    mnz28 Member
    Messages: 38

    Make sure you seal the cable openings on the housing after your done. If not slush and water gets in then freezes. I usually use some gasket maker .
     
  9. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Problem Solved!

    Thanks for the great info!

    I went out today and made the adjustment on the cable and now it lifts quick and drops perfectly!

    I did notice some moisture in the covered area, so I will make sure that I seal it up with some RTV.

    Thanks again!
    Jay