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Western hydraulic contamination

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by JTSTALKER3, Dec 4, 2010.


    JTSTALKER3 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I've got issues with contamination ....clogged filters, slow operation,.what is causing this and how do i rid my plow of the downtime to drain clean filter and refill, currently using transmission fluid. ....Help please......it's snowing
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Your gonna have to drain and flush the entire system. I would then change the filter, and fill it with a good name brand plow fluid. Don't use tranny fluid. Tranny fluid have a much high freeze temp then plow fluid. When you flush the system make sure to lift the plow and push it back and forth to clean out the angle cylinders as well.
  3. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    make sure the lift cylinder is all the way down as well.
  4. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272


    JTSTALKER3 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the advice, do i use anything special to flush?, will flushing also clean valves, in the event they are contaminated?
  6. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    What is it contaminated with?
  7. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    just drain all the oil out including the angle rams. fill it with western oil and go plow.