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Truck heating up with new plow .. should I add fan?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by brenster, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. brenster

    brenster Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I was using a low profile board prior to my new Lot Pro 7.5 .. I am noticing that I cant seem to drop the plow enough when traveling to keep the truck cool ... its starting to heat everything up even at 30-40 mph ... talking with buddy who works in tranny factory ..says .. that I should use separate cooler (rad) for tranny .. but I was thinking of adding in an additional fan with a simple switch that I could throw when I see my temps getting up or when I plan to drive a distance with the plow on . Have any of you guys done this and what were your results?

  2. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    year make model would help:waving:
  3. brenster

    brenster Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Gmc k-3500 (2000)

    My apologies ... I figured you folks would just "know" what truck I drive ..

    I have the 1 ton 2000 GMC with 454 ... single wheel , regular cab, ..
    I have the new Lot Pro 7.5 E-58H...
    The Pivot Pro 1075 spreader on back ...

    Im trying to multi task while posting here ... sorry .. I didnt get a manual from my dealer and Im trying to set my drop speed down a little .... looking for a manual online ...

    thanks fellas ...
  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Most over-heating is caused by lack of air to radiator. My main plow truck blade stands 32'' tall I can only have blade lifted 3'' otherwise I'll overheat ...
    Alot of guys try bigger radiators, fans and still over-heat keep radiator open problem solved.
  5. firefighter1406

    firefighter1406 Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    Ran into the same problem kinda with my 7.3. My problem was when slow driving or plowing my tranny temps would get to high. I installed an electric fan from orielly's auto parts $59.99 and wired it to a switch like you are talking about. Works great. When it starts to warm up I flip the switch and it maintains the temp good for me. You can also get a fan with a thermostat that flips he fan on automatically when the temp is at 180 and off at 170. But those will run you closer to $150 thru summit racing. Hope this helps a little.
  6. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    I've read a bunch of solutions to this problem on this site. Yours is the most sensible I've seen. I think I'll give it a try.
  7. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 878

    Have you tried angling the plow (instread of just raising or lowering it)?

    I used to have a straight blade that would cause the tranny temp to rise (even with a tranny cooler); I could cool it down easily by just angling the blade.

    I changed plows awhile ago and use a V plow now; no overheating issues with it.