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power loss

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by G's plowing, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    I have a o4 dodge ram 1500 iv replace altenator with a 160 amp and replaced bttery with a optima yellow top 800cc battery I can run run my salt machine with no problems and anything else but when I raise my plow up or move it side to side the power drainage is crazy drains it a lot its a western unimount plow iv replaced sylinoid all the posi and neg cables on plow and went bigger cables on my altenator to battery can the motor bushing be bad and cause the drainage please help
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    Define "crazy" drain. Specifically the volt drop
     
  3. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    it goes from 14.5 to 9.8 ten itll kick back up to were it needs to be
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    And what accessories are you running while operating the plow?
     
  5. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    Stays there after you let off or just while you move the plow?
     
  6. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    im running my lights heater radio but as soon as I let of the amprige goes back to normal
     
  7. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    it goes back up after I let off the controller
     
  8. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    That's normal. Plows draw a lot of juice obviously. Just make sure the trucks battery is fully charged again when you go to shut it off. I used to let my ranger sit outside running all the time to get the battery charged back up before shutting it down
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    Try it again without anything on and see what numbers you get.
     
  10. BIG NICKY

    BIG NICKY Member
    Messages: 43

    if you can run a dual battery i helps a little but you will always get a decent voltage drop and things will dim.
     
  11. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    thanks for the imput guys and the help I will take the dual battery thought in and prolly go that route
     
  12. G's plowing

    G's plowing Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 6

    the volts were alil higher then last time with stuff on 14 down to 10.4
     
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    Try not running with as much stuff on, every little bit helps.