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Plow/Electrical/Alternator ????

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by amcolandscaping, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. amcolandscaping

    amcolandscaping Member
    Messages: 31

    I just got a 1985 f350 4x4 with a western cable plow I am having a charging problem it seems. when i hit the controller my light would almost go out(not dim they would almost go out) so i went out and got a new battery and after plowing the 3rd driveway the same problem lights almost went out and i couldnt get the plow up, so i went out and bought a new alternator and external regulator and still having the same problem? any clues?


    Matt
     
  2. amcolandscaping

    amcolandscaping Member
    Messages: 31

    I do have 2 batteries in the truck, the second one is smaller and i am not sure exactly how that should be connected.
     
  3. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Do a couple of checks - see what the amp draw is on the plow motor when it's running (the plow). Second, if you can, measure the PSI on the hydro system - it should be around 3200-3800psi.
    I had the exact same problem a couple of years ago (with a western solenoid system though). I spent about $1000 chasing the problem - alternators, batteries, pump motors, etc....
    It ended up being a bad small o-ring in the pump valve body that was causing the hydro system to loose psi - causing the pump motor to strain/draw more-causing the electrical system to overload = dead battery.
    Also - water or ice in the system (especially the filter) can cause the exact same thing - check that too. Good luck. Post back.
     
  4. amcolandscaping

    amcolandscaping Member
    Messages: 31

    I just found the problem after buying a new battery, new alternator, and regulator. There was a plug that had a broken prong inside the plug so there wasnt power going to the alternator at all times. I was almost going to go out and buy another alternator just higher output. I think i am plowing for free all the money i am making is going right back into the truck
     
  5. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    <i>" I think i am plowing for free all the money i am making is going right back into the truck"</i>

    Sometime's that is just the way it is. After you replace enough stuff that basic preventive maintance and you will brag about how good she runs.

    But like I said.



    After enough parts are replaced.

    Sell the ford. Get a GMC and brag all the time.