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Looking for hydraulic antifreeze.

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by 94halftonchevy, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. 94halftonchevy

    94halftonchevy Junior Member
    from se pa
    Messages: 19

    Does anyone know of an additive that I can add to my hydraulic fluid that will help keep it from freezing to help burn off the water? I have a western unimount that has some age on it that I'm trying to nurse thru the season. Has western fluid in it but I'm looking to help it along. Any info would be great.
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Just change the fluid.....
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Sea Foam.................

    But I'd change the fluid first.
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Why sea~foam? because it contains IPA?

    Just add some isopropyl alcohol ie ipa.

    but I'd change the flui if it was mine.
  5. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    whenever i change my fluid i always add one cap full of "HEET".
  6. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    which grade of western Red or he blue The blue is better for cold temps

    Them old pumps get water in from ram I use to take a Shock boot and install it on the lift ram stop the water

    You can buy a 12v heater that you screw in the fill plug and it will never freeze up
  7. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    I just change my fluid... I never added anything other then atf in my older pumps
  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    isopropyl alcohol type dry gas...just a cap or two
  9. rcttree

    rcttree Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Well i have had the same issue on 7'6 western several years back and yes i changed the fluid and still had issues.
    Take the motor off and replace the filter on the pump. That has worked for me on that one as well as i just replaced the filter today on a 9'6 pro western.
    The other cheap repair is to replace the seals on the ram good luck.
  10. 94halftonchevy

    94halftonchevy Junior Member
    from se pa
    Messages: 19

    Thanks for the ideas guys, the fluid has been changed. Recently broke a angle ram. I used to run aft because it's readily available but the shop that replaced it flushed everything out and put the western fluid in it. The freeze up happened with the western fluid. in the future I'll try some of your ideas. Thanks.