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Sno-Way Predator - Battery issue

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by Kevin97Tahoe, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Kevin97Tahoe

    Kevin97Tahoe Member
    Messages: 63

    Hey guys!

    Finally got my plow mounted over the weekend and I am having a weird battery issue. When I operate the plow on my 1500 Tahoe I can actually watch my battery gauge down from 14 volts to about 8 volts. It seems like its drawing ALOT more power then it has in previous years.

    Does anyone have a suggestion that could fix this? Also over two nights the plow drained my battery.

    Anyone have a shot in the dark as to what it could be?

    Thanks guys!
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Weak Battery.

    What series plow? if it's the old rocker switch box perhaps you left it in the float down position?
  3. Kevin97Tahoe

    Kevin97Tahoe Member
    Messages: 63

    Its the old Predator seen in my avatar.

    Would this make a surge in battery loss though when I go up and down left to right? Is it possible the solenoid is going?

    I just put a brand new battery in it yesterday and you still see it go from 14 volts to 9 volts when I go up and down. The minute I stop it goes back to 14 volts.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Are all power connections clean and directly attached to the battery? You always use a lot of power to lift the unit but poor connections increase it dramatically.

    Is this with the motor running?
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Definately clean the gorund and pos connections on the plow. I FF mine and it keeps them cleaner
    My lights dim a little bit and did it worse until I made sure all connections were nice and clean.