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Service your plows people!!!

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by got-h2o, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I don't know why I'm on a service kick today, but I just wanted to give everyone a friendly reminder to SERVICE YOUR PLOWS. The more often, the better, and use good fluid. The brand name synthetic fluids are made for a reason. If you have a Western plow, use Western fluid....Boss plow, use Boss fluid, and so on. I am a stickler for this. The first thing a dealer or manufacturer will ask when you have a warranty issue is, what type of fluid are you using. The "S.A.M" brand blue fluid is pretty good as well and usually will mix well with other brands, especially for emergency on site use. Keep a quart or 2 on you and tools enough to fill. Lastly on fluids, a cap full of Heet or other gas line antifreeze work's too to keep the moisture away.

    Now my reason for this thread was........I always see people asking about this issue or that. I see and hear it all the time in my daily routine or here on the forum. It's always "this thing hasn't given me a single problem in X years". The first question I ask.....has it been properly serviced? The typical answer.....no, it's never needed it, or never had a problem. Well guys, that's why it has problems now! Stuck valves, frozen pumps, etc. Hydraulic systems can be quite touchy, and some more than others. Sure, coils go bad, there's the occasional wiring issue, etc......but service is key.

    Drain the fluid, flush the cyl's, clean the magnet if there is one, add one if there isn't, clean the fluid housing well with brake fluid. A simple, hour long process at the most, and it can very well prevent issues in the middle of a storm. Most of us know this, but many of us don't act on it.

    Here is an example of one I worked on, and I see this all the time. I had this Jeep come to me as a side job for front springs. I loaded it up to deliver it on one of our first cold nights. The plow was acting funny....angling whenn it should have gone up, etc. It worked, but not 100% properly. I checked fluid to find this. I drained and refilled and it worked good as new. I'd have provided a proper service, but it wasn't here for that and they weren't paying for it. BUT clean fluid alone fixed the issue. Imagine what a proper service would have done. There's clearly more water than ATF. A Meyer shouldn't have ATF, let alone go unserviced so long that this much moisture could gather up.

    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  2. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,329

    I add a couple ounces of Sea Foam trans tune when I change the fluid. Knock on wood, I have never had any moisture issues.
  3. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 443

    Just serviced a meyers e57 for a customer the other day. Drained the fluid. Looked to be old Sam fluid contaminated with moisture. Flushed with red ATF 3 times and now it works like a

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    That's the new Pepto Bismol hydraulic fluid:mechanic:
  5. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Lol ohhhhh!!!!

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Obviously you don't keep up with all the latest and greatest products, he was probably running the NEW Kingsford engine oil too
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If the EPA sees all that spilled contaminated fluid they will be all over you.
  8. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 443

    Who said anything about spilled fluid? We in fact recycle all our fluid by using a waist oil burner in the shop.
  9. mrwolf

    mrwolf Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    I am fairly new to this (plowed once last year with my F250 and boss super duty) I just added a Meyer E47 7' for my jeep cherokee. How do you "flush" the fluid. I saw how to do the meyer arms, will I be able to do my boss the same way? Do I need to flush more than just the arms or drain and fill the resevior only after the arms?

    Thanks for posting this I am gonna service both my new to me plows before the snow flys!

  10. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 443

    I change my fluid @ least once a year, no matter what. And guess what? I never have any fluid related problems.
  11. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 443

    This year I'm planning on dropping the res. & changing the filter too. It will be my first time doing that to my Fisher.
  12. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    It's a good idea. I had a pickup screen clog on one of my Blizzards last season. Fluid change just didn't cut it.
  13. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I would like to talk about the 64 Chevelle instead of Hydraulic Fluid .... How is that car in snow and what are you going to hang on the front? And by the way, that is sweeeeeeeeeet !!!
  14. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Lmao!!! Thanks!

    Big cube NA 434 small block. Runs 9.0s ;-)
  15. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    first it looks like you are keeping with the pink theme for october cancer awareness month!...now do i get a gold star for dropping my pump off for a teardown, cleaning and new seals?
  16. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Brake fluid, or brake cleaner?
  17. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Lol cleaner. Thanks for catching that!
  18. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I had an E-47 go 10 years with out a problem. The fluid got changed every year. Screens cleaned and blue fluid installed. If you have pits of defects in a ram surface. You will get water in the system. It get's damn cold and you will have a freeze up, no angle etc. Just let the drained fluid sit in the pan a while. You will soon see how much water is in it.
  19. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Brakeclean works OK but does leave a residue, try ether the cheapest you can buy. Cleans super, no residue and a nice buzz to go with it if you use it in an enclosed space.

    Try Meyer Hydro-flush instead of ATF.

    http://www.meyerproducts.com/Portals/0/meyer/pdfs/MiscLiterature/Hydra-FlushWebHi Res.pdf
  20. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    I've never encountered or heard of brake cleaner leaving a residue, and in fact I've heard specifically the opposite in comparison to carburetor cleaner (which apparently leaves a slight lubricating oil residue).

    Do you mean straight ether, or the more common engine starting fluid you can buy these days which is a mixture of ether with other stuff?