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Poor connection?

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by bobcat s-160, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164

    Its my first year owning a Boss plow, its 2-3 years old. RT3 smart hitch. I pull up to the plow, connect the red and black wires and the 13 pin connector, and push the switch up to raise the smart hitch and I get a click click noise, I keep messing with the red/black wire and then it will work. I have to zip tie the two ends together or it never works. I made sure everything is clean. Anyone else having problems with those wires?
     
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yes replace the power cables or better yet upgrade them to 2 gauge and Anderson connectors. Poor connections become a thing of the past. If you search 'Anderson' here you'll find we've covered it may times before so there's some additional good reading.
     
  3. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164

    Forgot to say, sometimes when I hook up to the plow I see sparks at the mount on the truck. I'm guessing some where there is a bad ground?
     
  4. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 951

    POsts

    Try spreading the main post on the red and black power leads to make a tighter connection, common problem I have found.

    AL
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Any time you have spark at the mount you have a poor connection on the ground cable between the battery and the plow and needs fixed asap. It's tough on the gear pump, pump motor as well as the truck also.
     
  6. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164

    Ground on the motor looks good. I spread the main post on the red/black wires so I'm hoping thats where my bad ground was.
     
  7. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    Sparking

    ussmileyflag Don't be afraid to put the dielectric grease to them ! Clean terminals at the battery are a must also .
     
  8. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164

    Update*
    I spread the main post on the red/black wires, plow works perfect.
     
  9. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164

    When I hooked it up today, i'm still getting sparks. Everything is clean!
     
  10. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    When you say everything is clean , does that include the battery terminals ? That's where I found my problem . If you battery has side terminals , take them off and scrub every surface with a stiff wire brush . Then put them back together with dielectric grease on every mating surface . Worked for me .
     
  11. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    And then when you've done that cut the original plugs off the cables and install a set of Anderson connectors. They're the permanent solution.
     
  12. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164



    Just did this, seemed to take care of the problem.
     
  13. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164



    Yeah thats what I'll end up doing.
     
  14. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    Now , BRING ON THE WHITE STUFF !!!
     
  15. bobcat s-160

    bobcat s-160 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 164


    You're telling me! Hardly pushed anything yet, and the next chance is the 11th. Don't think I can wait that long:realmad: