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Western Plow Problem

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by smack1, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. smack1

    smack1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Ahhh the joys...

    I just had my plow serviced, because it wasn't working - When I toggled the joystick (western unimount) I could hear the relay switching under the hood but no movement (or motor on) of plow... So, I bring it to the shop and the guy cleans everything and replaces filters/gaskets/fluid, etc... and it is working like a dream when I picked it up.

    Now, a few days later, the only way I can make it move is by gently bumping it into a snow bank or dragging it around while using the joystick??? Any suggestions...?

  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    You might have a bad ground or your positive connection is not making proper contact. Where you plug in the main positive and negative connections at the front of your truck, try to spread the male part apart. They sometimes close from use. Check the ground on the pump motor and the ground under the hood. Clean these well and put grease on them.
  3. cowboyway37

    cowboyway37 Junior Member
    Messages: 11


    Check the ground up by the battery. also check you fluid I dont know how cold it gets where you are but you can have some moisture in your pump. I honestly feel that you have a ground problem. The one thing about the western unimount is if you have a ground problem the entire system will flicker so what you can do is at night open the hood and check your wires
    with the truck running and the lights on ...do think it is a ground.
  4. smack1

    smack1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the help!

    Sorry this thank you took so long! Too busy plowing...

    The problem was a ground as suggested. The long bolts that go through the pump motor act as a ground and were completely corroded. Took a while to narrow that down but once I did I was good to go.

    Thanks again.