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Western plow lift problems

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by EJK2352, Mar 13, 2003.

  1. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    I was driving home this evening and all of a sudden my plow just dropped to the ground. It's a Western cable operated lift and I thought maybe I bumped the lift lever, but I didn't. I got out of the truck to look and found oil pouring out the bottom of the lift. I chained the plow up and drove it home. Any ideas?? I don't see any cracks in the bottom of the lift and the drain plug is in tight. :confused: ED
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    My fisher/westerns have a base lug under the powerpack,they are held on by 2 5/16" bolts,and an o oring.This base lug is place hwere the powerpack is mounted to the plow frame. if you hit something hard enough,this base lug will break.Mine started to leak on me, the base lug loosened up,i replaced the o ring and all was well.
  3. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    just as John said,

    i have also seen those base lug o ring's go bad, but my old cable operated western does'nt have one thats removable.

    my newer uni-mount does.

    i would say just clean up the fluid, refill it and see where it leaks from.

    hopefully it's the o-ring
  4. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    Thanks guys. Turned out to be a leaking O-ring on the base lug. I went to the Western dealer this A.M.. He said its a common problem. I replaced the lug and O-ring and the problem is fixed. :) ;) :) ED
  5. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    glad to hear you got it fixed!