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How many change their fluid every year?

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by GMCHD plower, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,831

    How many change their fluid every year?
  2. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Every pre-season check over.
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Yep, every year, cheap insurance. Metallic particles in the fluid is an early indicator of a problem, water in the fluid is an early indicator of a leak, etc.
  4. 04f250fisher

    04f250fisher Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    I change mine every fall. The magnet always has sludge on it so as it was said before, its cheap insurance. I also pull all the pins and check them for wear and coat them in red lithium grease which is highly water resistant.
  5. snow7899

    snow7899 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    I do the same. On a busy winter I'll dump the fluid in the middle of the season as well.
  6. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Change the fluid before each season (usually November), and clean out the resivoir every other year.

    For those of you with Insta-act hydraulic units.... is there a better way to get the bottom resivoir off than having to take the whole unit off it's mount?
  7. buddymanzpop

    buddymanzpop Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    I've been lucky, plowing seven years for Mass Highway on I-290 in Worcester, the only thing I've changed is cutting edges, light bulbs and a solenoid, sold the truck and plow to update to a newer one but I suggested to the new owner that he should change filter and fluid.
  8. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Every year!. Jerre showed me my fluid and filter 2 or 3 years ago after a season and a half of moderate plowing and it was getting pretty bad (I didnt change it for the first season and a half).
  9. vortec5.7

    vortec5.7 Member
    Messages: 58

    i use to blow off changing the fluid every year but i learned the hard way having to replace pistons and other parts now i drain all the fluid and change the filter every year. also at that time i look over the plow (hoses pins ect.) so that i can catch any problems before winter
  10. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Always do it every year right before the season starts. I always thought of it like the oil in a car. Would you not change the oil in an engine.
    Cheap insurance.
  11. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Just the smart ones:nod: