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Plow Stops Working. Then Starts Again!

Discussion in 'Blizzard Plows Discussion' started by Allagash, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    I've had my Blizzard straight blade plow now since 2005 and she's never let me down. However, today while using her, she got slower and slower until she stopped moving. If I switch it off for a few minutes...it starts working again but only for a few minutes. But it does not work as quickly as usual. It raises very slowly (if at all). The side to side is very slow as well or doesn't work either.

    I checked the hydraulic fluid and the level was fine. It's almost as though something is getting hot and when I shut if off for twenty minutes or so, it works again. Just not that well and not for long.

    Any ideas on where I should start trouble shooting would be greatly appreciated.

  2. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Is your battery voltage getting low when this happens?
  3. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    Funny you should mention that. My truck would not start today. I bought two new batteries and she started right up and ran fine while plowing. No lights are on on the dash as well. Is there a way for me to tell if the voltage is getting low while plowing?
  4. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    My truck has a volt meter on the dash.

    Yours should have some indicator, be it a gauge or a light. Could be the batteries were tired. If it doesn't happen again you got the problem fixed. If not, have one of the local auto parts places test your charging system to make sure it's working to it's full potential.
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Yup, the volt meter on the cluster.
  6. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    I didn't think I had a volt meter on the dash but I had to check today when I got to my business where the truck is parked. It doesn't. It's got a light that comes on when there is a charging system problem. The truck would not start today with two brand new batteries installed yesterday. I charged the batteries for four hours and it started and the plow worked perfectly. Obviously it's a problem with the truck....not the plow. What's weird is that the "idiot" light on the dash never came on yesterday while plowing to show that there was a problem such as with the alternator.

    Any ideas on what may be going on?
  7. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    Cold weather affects plow oil, batteries, and anything else you leave dangling outside.
  8. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    Could still be a problem with plow draining truck batteries. Stuck solenoid causing pump to run constantly? Had that problem with another guys truck yesterday.