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western cable actuated pump problems

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by MrPlow705, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. MrPlow705

    MrPlow705 Junior Member
    from Sudbury
    Messages: 9

    With the joystick locked in the neutral position, as soon as i connect the positive to power, the pump begins to run and begins to lift the plow. I followed the wiring schematic for setting up the system and am using the proper solenoid/relay. The pump will not shut off no matter what i do with the joystick. Down, left and right work as they should, as does up. Just the pump wont turn off.

    Looking for some ideas on what might be causing this.

    Thanks guys

    - Frustrated plower guy

  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,179

    Bad solenoid or bad control. Assuming you do have it wired correctly. Take signal wire off the solenoid, does motor still run? If yes replace solenoid. No, something wrong with control or wiring.
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,750

    Cable adjustment.
  4. MrPlow705

    MrPlow705 Junior Member
    from Sudbury
    Messages: 9

    Thank you! What wire do you mean by "signal wire"?

    Could a bad ground cause this?

  5. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,179

    Should be a wire from control that goes to the solenoid. That is the signal wire. I don't think a bad ground is your problem. But These pumps are not one of strong points. I know enough to get myself in trouble.
  6. LakeCountySnow

    LakeCountySnow Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    The signal cable could be shorted too ground going through the firewall of the truck. Its the second solenoid stud mounted in the engine compartment. There are two small studs one is that ground and the other is the pos feed that jumps back up the the large power terminal.