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Unimount angle ram issue (leak)

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by news913, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. news913

    news913 Member
    Messages: 36

    Hey guys was wondering if anyone had some decent insight. We just had a big storm dump 12+ in my area and we were out running hard. I have a western pro 7.5 foot blade and it's been more then great..I ran into an issue last night tho, plow was getting slow and I looked down and saw I had a leak. It seems like it's coming from one of the angle rams. Down where the piston retracts to at the end which holds the seal packing in. I tightened the big nut at the end just a hair to see if anything changed and it was still leakin slowly but surely. Long story short, wondering if there is a kit to replace everything or should I just buy a new ram or two...might as well do the other at that point. They are original and the plow is at least 10 years old. Thanks again guys!
     
  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,563

    If rams are in good shape, no pitting, I would just do a packing kit. If they are pitted I would replace the ram.
     
  3. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

  4. Kouski

    Kouski Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Buy a new ram, repack the seals in the old one if the ram is not pitted or corroded, and keep it as a spare for the next time this happens to you. Take the opportunity to replace the hydraulic hose too. And, since you have hydraulic fluid on your hands already, clean the pump suction filter and put low temp hydraulic fluid in. These are just my little lessons learned. All that will cost you about $150 and take about three hours of labor and drive time getting parts. That's far less than what you'll lose if this happens at 4am after the next foot of snow. Oh, and don't use teflon tape. You'll be picking it out of the suction strainer.
     
  5. news913

    news913 Member
    Messages: 36

    It's an Isarmatic model. I'll have to get the parts specific to that model on the diagram.
     
  6. news913

    news913 Member
    Messages: 36

    I think this is what I'm going to do bc it's supposed to snow a bit this weekend. Thanks again!