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Sounds like you have a issue with the cushion/check valves. If you can manual angle it then when you command left or right fluid is just circulating instead of filling a ram.
 
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Could be. It’s possible I just never noticed. I didn’t really pay attention to equipment till I picked up a 15 year old Fisher MM1 a whole back No quick disconnects at the rams on that one.
With the conventional it was the only way to take the plow off the truck because pump and lights stayed on the truck
 

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Clean that cavity out and smear some grease in it.
No sharp bends in the cables. The cables are also where the ground current goes when you operate the plow.
There is alittle three finger brass part in the controller that makes the contact, I have seen them break.
I still have them, somewhere. Also have a brand new Western controller/cable assembly in stock, collecting dust.
Like Randall said but pack that cavity full of grease. Water can leak into it and freeze. Seal where the cable goes in also.
 

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I used to use that set up for many years. Like previously stated it was a great simple long lasting set up!
 

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Yes I learned about how to take care of that setup. I had a truck that I would pull the mount,pump and lights off every spring and reinstall every fall. I know sounds like a lot but wasn’t really that bad. In doing so I had to disconnect and reconnect those cables and adjust!
 
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