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Smarthitch tower won't lift.

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by adegiulio, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. adegiulio

    adegiulio Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I searched for a solution to this, but didn't find someone else with exactly the same problem. Anyway, the plow was attached to the truck for a few days. When I went to take it off, I lifted the smarthitch switch like I normally do. It lifted slightly, then the pump stopped. I jiggled the switch a little. When I push the switch down, the pump engages. When I push the switch up, I get nothing at all. No movement, no noise.

    Any thoughts what it might be?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Replace Switch ??? You also can remove plow by fliping pin leavers and then pushig back on the plow tower untill pins disengage...
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Mine has been like that all this season.Try jiggling your tower manually and then try your switch.I know I have a few wires on the plow side by the plug that are chafed through,including my ground wire. Sometimes when I engage my switch,I can see an electric arc at my mounting pins.I have to get around to installing my new harness repair kit.It's either your switch or a bad connection.I'm sure B +B will come shortly to help with the diagnosis.
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Here you go---found this for you.

    2000 Club Member Join Date: Nov 2006
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    Pop pump the cover off and place a test light in the back of the connector on the white/black wire at the switch and flip the toggle (in float of course). If it has power there then the switch is fine.

    The while/black runs back through the bumper plug and up to the under hood solenoid to activate it. If no power is leaving the switch on the white/black then the pump won't run.

    However, if you do not have power there then the switch is dying.
  5. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I see you're a fellow Dutchess County PS member---welcome adegiulio
  6. adegiulio

    adegiulio Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Thanks all for the responses. Yes, I did just push the mast back until the pins disengaged, so the plow is off. Of course, there is a storm coming on Wednesday, so I'd love to figure this out by then.I'll get out there later and try B&Bs test. I'll post any results I find. Yes Tuney, I'm up in Red Hook off of Budds Corners Road. I live on an annoying private road, which means we either have to pay for plowing, or I can do it myself. I figure after three years, the plow is paid for already. I'm up very early anyway, so I don't mind doing the neighbors a favor and plowing them out too...

    Thanks again
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    The place I used to work had a Boss 8ft straight blade and a couple winters ago we hooked up the plow and it had no power like you are describing. I removed the tower cover and found the Negative wire attached to the tower fell off. I cleaned off the rust re assembled the connection and was good to go. Hope this helps.
  8. adegiulio

    adegiulio Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Just an update. I replaced the switch, and everything is working fine. Thanks for the help!