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Western Uni mount lift cylinder problem

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by jimmyk1978, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. jimmyk1978

    jimmyk1978 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Looking for some information, Usually I can put my plow down and compress the cylinder by hand to unhook the chain. Now I can not even get it down if I hit it with a hammer. Blade goes up and down fine but I need to get the ram down so I can get more travel. If anyone know what is going on with this please let me know.

  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    is it going into "float" mode when you push down on the controller, or handheld??? is the light coming on on the handheld if thats what you have??
  3. jimmyk1978

    jimmyk1978 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a dash mounted control, as far as I know it is in float, my control has no indicator to tell me it is in float.
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    Ok the square one. Can you put it in float and jack up the truck and see if the plow ram sucks in? Make sure you leave the controller on while you are doing this as well.
  5. jimmyk1978

    jimmyk1978 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Good call I will give that a shot. Thanks
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    Ok let us know what you find out
  7. PDQ Pete

    PDQ Pete Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    Drive the front tires on a curb then let the plow down. Or find a loading dock where you can let the plow hang over and then let it down.
  8. 496 BB

    496 BB Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    Make sure your controller is on
  9. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Like the others say, it sounds like the float valve is not staying open but could be the packing nut is too tight. If it goes down when you hit the control perhaps you could get someone to hold the control in that position while you try to push the lift arm down. If it does go down under that curcumstanc then I suspect your controller is the problem. If it still does not move then try loosening the packing nut at bit. You could also try removing the plug from the base of the lift ram and then try to push down. But that can be messy.