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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Deyes, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Deyes

    Deyes Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I bought a used 2004 Chevy 3500 Silverado dump body and put a under tailgate spreader on it. The dump bed worked fine the last 2 months and even the first 2 days of spreading. At the end of the 2nd day we stopped for 3 hrs to shovel driveways. When we were leaving and tried to put the bed up it would not move and made whining sound. 3 hrs later it went up 6 inches and I put it back down, feeling some sense of peace. A few min later I tried again and it went up 6 inches and started whining then stopped so I put it back down. Once back down, it went back to just whining and not moving. Does anyone have any idea what this may be. I am scared to death that I have made a big mistake.
  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,681

    Start by checking fluid level
  3. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    You could have moisture in your hydraulic fluid and it's frozen up. I'm pretty sure the whole country is facing a major cold snap so maybe take a heat gun and warm up your pump and reservoir and see what happens.
  4. Deyes

    Deyes Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thank You

    My concern was that somehow I bent something and I did not understand why letting it sit cold for 3 hrs got it to move once. It only got to 30 degrees when it stopped working but worked great at 32.
  5. poopdeckpappy

    poopdeckpappy Member
    from KC,KS
    Messages: 32

    Fluid level. Next.
  6. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    You may have been low on fluid all along since you bought it, and like stated, the cold showed up making it difficult to flow. Figure out which flavor you need & Napa should be able to help you out, unless you have an equipment store nearby.
  7. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    It's b/c nobody maintains their sh!t. I'd put money on it's old fluid, low and none of your pivots are properly greased. Give it or have someone give it a good service and it'll probably be fine.
  8. Maleko

    Maleko Senior Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 781

    It amazes me the amount of people that don't take care of their stuff.
  9. 04hd

    04hd Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 170

    Amen to that got a neighboring farm that does 0 maintenance. Dealer writes 0hr on filters when new they took tractor in for "lack of power" had over 2,000hrs on it with all original filters and grease zerks still had paint over them all!!!