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Where do I look for this problem?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Wrecker, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Wrecker

    Wrecker Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a cable operated Western unit. I Replaced the solenoid and cleaned all the connections. Everything worked fine. I raised the plow 30 times with no problems. The next morning I went to raise the plow and have nothing. No clicks, no noise of any kind. All the connections still seem clean and tight. Where should I start looking?
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

  3. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    Sounds electrical, maybe a fuse. Probably going to have to back track everything you did.
  4. bigplow23

    bigplow23 Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    i had a problem just like yours on my cable operated. i replace the solenoid and clean the connections it work for a while then quite. my problem was in the joy stick contoller the wire that ran out of the controler had a a small break in it. so i replace the wire and clean the inside parsts to the cable operated joy stick and it has worked fine since
  5. Wrecker

    Wrecker Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Still won't work

    I did both test as stated on Page 29.......Still get nothing.... How can I test to see of the motor is bad?
  6. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Wrecker..........Run a jumper cable from the pos. battery term.
    to the power post on the plow motor. IF it works then check
    the wire from the controller and/or the solenoid.

    CAUTION........Watch your toes because the blade WILL MOVE
    when you put the power too it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cry:
  7. thomason_45

    thomason_45 Junior Member
    Messages: 20


    I've been havin the same problem.... and ill gettin workin when i dont need then go out to use it to plow and it dont work lemme know what ur problem was and how u fixed maybe itll help me
  8. Wrecker

    Wrecker Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Where to look!

    Found the problem. It was a defective soleniod. I replaced it again... and all is working fine now. I hate when you buy bad new parts.

  9. genrock

    genrock Member
    Messages: 60

    I have that problem with most electrical parts I buy so I make sure and keep the receipt very handy.
  10. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    GUYS.........Make sure you use a genuine Western solenoid.

    I was told you could use a ford solenoid in a pinch but not sure.

    I have also read that a genuine Western solenoid is internally
    wired different than a regular ford or brand X solenoid and they
    will cause problems down the road.

    It always pays to keep a spare Western solenoid handy !.......geo
  11. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    The Ford solenoid isn't really designed to be a continuous duty solenoid, whereas the Western unit was. Using the Ford solenoid for operating a plow will work, but its [the solenoid's] life will be greatly reduced.