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Replace or rebuild the angle rams?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Jeepm@n, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Jeepm@n

    Jeepm@n Member
    Messages: 48

    I have a 99 Cherokee with a 6'-6" Meyer old style mount with the E-47 pump. Anyways I just changed the fluids and found some water in the angle rams. The rams were pitted when I bought it so I suspect that is why. I only used it 4 times this year which once was 23" of snow. I want to solve this problem before it causes damage to the pump. Is it more cost efficient to replace the angle rams or to have a hydraulic shop rebuild them?

    The rams are pitted on the ends and I did use steel wool and oil last December to clean it up for the short term knowing I need to address that issue soon.
  2. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    Those are pretty cheap to replace the whole ram if they are 1 1/2 x 10 cylinders. We have them for 74.83 on the front page of our website
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    If you need to replace the pistons as well as the packings it would be cheaper to buy new ones. ESI has aftermarkets cheap as do a lot of other people including your local dealer.
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,440

    X2 on replacing the whole assm. Cheaper and faster
  5. Jeepm@n

    Jeepm@n Member
    Messages: 48

    Ok thanks for the help guys. I will keep them as emergency spares and buy two new ones.
  6. Jeepm@n

    Jeepm@n Member
    Messages: 48

    When I put the new angle rams in do I need to flush them as I would for my end of season storage?

    Also do I need to add fluid to them when compressed to get all the air out?
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,440

    No no need to flush them.....what i usually do when doing a drain and fill is use a floor jack, jack up plow and then angle both ways. Refill fluid....repeat then raise the ram when all air is out of the angle rams