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fluid snoway or other

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by carsoncity, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. carsoncity

    carsoncity Member
    Messages: 30

    does anyone use anything other than the Snoway fluid for their pumps. Was wondering if there's anything else to use.
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    From the manual

    Hydraulic unit comes from factory charged with Type 5606. If additional oil is added it
    must be compatible with Type 5606.
    NOTE: Type 5606 oil is rated to – 60° F, when Type 5606
    is not available Exxon UNIVIS J13 or equivalent may be

    Do not mix dissimilar fluids, if you are not using Snoway oil you must drain the system and refill. You can use any of the premium plow fluids if Snoway fluid is not available. If you are changing fluid type/manufacturer flush the unit with Meyer Hyrda-flush between draining and refilling.
  3. ghlkal

    ghlkal Member
    Messages: 83

    So, if it isn't Snoway 5606 fluid, it shouldn't be added to the system?
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Correct, if snoway fluid is what is in the unit now. How long since you serviced the fluids?
  5. ghlkal

    ghlkal Member
    Messages: 83

    My plow was new this Fall. I'd like to flush and refill the system in the Spring, though.
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    If you have a new plow, use Snoway fluid. You have a warranty on that unit but dis-similar fluid problems aren't covered:D. Plus since you have a new unit and Snoway sends the proper fluid with each new unit (something not all other manufacturers do:cool:) you should have Snoway fluid in the unit at this time.
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    There was a forum about hydraulic fluid started awhile ago. Whatever fluid you use make sure to completely drain and refill.
    Sno-Way is a great fluid and I would use it in a new plow.
  8. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    Western premium lo-temp.