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should I get my plow serviced?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by zippoz, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. zippoz

    zippoz Member
    Messages: 64

    should I get my plow serviced, im clueless here, bought it with the jeep...

    I bought a 87 jeep laredo with a 6 1/2 western plow for $1000, when i bought it, the plow was stuck in the up position, i had the cylanoid freed and the hydraulic ram thingie (not sure what its actually called) lubed up.
    i havent done any other work on the plow since, and i hiave also never removed the plow for fear of putting air into the lines.

    i have no idea how to maintain the plow or hydraulic pump. im pretty good with cars, so if i get instructions on what needs to be done i could do it, also how do i check the hydraulic fluid level

    thanks :)
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2004
  2. Mebes

    Mebes Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Don't worry about getting air in the lines from disconnecting the plow, It will work itself out.
    Use the western link at the top of this page to go to there website and then go to the publications library and download the manual for your plow.

    If you have the old plow where the pump stays attached to the truck then this would be your manual.

  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    service and flush every year or else
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    I do not (every few years or so) but I store my stuff inside when not is use and durring off season which make them less prone to drawing moisture.
  5. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    there is post about plow abuse on 2 page look at that pump
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    You can look at mine, it is clean as I am servicing one of them now and changing filters and it all looks great too. I do use syn fluid which does not break down as quickly.
  7. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Yearly service is a must.
    This includes draining the cylinders and removing the motor and cleaning out the reservoir and filter.
    You filler plug is located on the left rear corner of your power unit as you are looking at it from the front.
    And as Mebes said don't worry about air getting in the system from disconnecting the plow.
    If you want to take a ride drop the plow and drive up here and I'll show you how to do the service yourself.
    :rolleyes: John............................
  8. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    Check them yearly but draining cylinders is over kill and I have never had a pump burn out yet in 20 years now so I am doing something right huh?