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Need advice

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Breesegabe, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Breesegabe

    Breesegabe Junior Member
    from Portage
    Messages: 6

    I have an older Western cable controlled plow. I was out plowing this morning and everything was just fine, then it just quit working. Luckily I didn't lower it or I would have had to leave it at the site. It has a new solenoid, original motor, original controller. How do I determine which part is bad?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    Start at solenoid, ck pwr in, then ck for signal pwr then pwr out at the same time. If you have pwr out move to plow motor and ck pwr while moving joystick. Also ck your gnd at the motor. I don't remember if the cables are signal pos. Or signal neg.
  3. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    take jumper cables from the battery right to the motor power and ground. if the motor runs you have wiring issues.
  4. Breesegabe

    Breesegabe Junior Member
    from Portage
    Messages: 6

    Yeah, I did jumper cables straight from the battery to the motor and nothing. Replaced the motor and all is well now. Thanks for the help guys!
  5. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Replace?:cry: Rebuild! Thumbs Up

    Better yet, have a spare to swap out and rebuild that one to use again as your spare!
  6. Breesegabe

    Breesegabe Junior Member
    from Portage
    Messages: 6

    Good idea!

    Sorry this is a little late as I only really log in when it is snowing. Its been a rough winter in Michigan this year but we have had a killer week this week! Eric, thanks for the advice. I kept the old one, I am going to google a rebuild kit right now!