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elbow leaking on ram- replaced 3 already

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by johntab, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. johntab

    johntab Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I have a 20+ year old cable operated Western plow. The last 3 times I've plowed Iost pressure in my direction control due to leakage/breakage of the elbow on the ram. The brass breaks upon trying to remove the elbow and the remains are taken out with an easy out. The new elbow gets taped and re-installed. I've already broken one by overtightening it :realmad: so I am cautious about how tight I go.

    Can I have the hole rethreaded for a larger size and put a reducer on it so that the 1/4" fittings will work with it or do I need to replace the ram?

    Any suggestions?
  2. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    just replace the ram so you dont waste anymore time fixing the old one
  3. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    First off put the truck where you can put a floor jack under it and lift it till it hits the stops. I would think that the elbow is hitting something to cause it to loosen/break with operation. Find what it is hitting and adjust the stops or clear the obstruction. Replace with The steel elbows instead of the brass ones.