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Won't Move/Slow Move

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Northeastern Landscape, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    First snow in a month and the plow is acting up.
    Wont move, then with repeated attempts it will. Sometimes normal, other times real slow. It's a 2013 xv2 and controller, but the power harness from the battery out and the control harness from the controller to the power harness are about a month old.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. OP
    OP
    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Should add.
    Plow will drop/float everytime.
    Plow will stop floating everytime. But will not necessarily lift when float goes off. It's not drawing power either, headlights aren't dimming when the plow is unresponsive.

    I have checked fluid level, it's fine. Definitely an electrical issue.
     
  3. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Tried it with the truck motor off so I could hear it. When I hit a button on the plow I get 1 click and another when I let off the button. Assuming this the valve opening and closing.

    Not sure how this works on the XVs, does the solenoid run just the motor, or the valves as well?
     
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    You hear a click, but no motor operation, replace the solenoid.
    Make sure you use the correct part.
     
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  5. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    That was my thought.
    But it's not a constant click, just once for the valve to open, once for the valve to close. Same thing, start with the solenoid?
     
  6. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Had a buddy help me out. Seems like when we wiggle the power cable ends it made a difference. Started flashing non comm blinking red light, intermittently. Would also work while he wiggled it but stopped pretty much as soon as he let go. Thinking it may be in the plowside power/comm harness
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
  7. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    When you are trying to say raise the plow, is the solenoid signal wire getting hot? Use a test light. What parts did you already replace?
     
  8. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Don't know about the signal wire. I'll have to test it. I'm without my truck at the moment. Took my buddies, he took mine minus plow to work. Which wire in the bundle is the one to test, and where to test? On plow or in cab by controller?

    Truckside I've swapped everything between the plow and the controller. Plowside hasn't been touched.

    Had this issue a month ago after the last round of storms, thats when I swapped the truckside control/power harnesses. It fixed the issue until today.
     
  9. Western1

    Western1 PlowSite.com Addict
    from MI.
    Messages: 1,861

    Like Randall said signal wire is on solenoid
     
  10. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Look at that, I just can't read...
     
  11. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Bad solenoid and a blown 4A fuse.
     
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  12. Western1

    Western1 PlowSite.com Addict
    from MI.
    Messages: 1,861

    So it’s working? Good to hear!
     
  13. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Yeah, its working again. Didn't have a 4A fuse, so I stuck a 10A in there. I'll take care of that tomorrow.

    Solenoid didn't look old at all, so thats a little concerning. I'm still wondering if there is an underlying issue somewhere. But at least right now I can put it away for the summer in good order...
     
  14. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    If you take the solenoid apart, you will find one of the contacts burned up. Good to hear it's working.
     
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  15. Western1

    Western1 PlowSite.com Addict
    from MI.
    Messages: 1,861

    Glad it’s working
     
  16. OP
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    Northeastern Landscape

    Northeastern Landscape Member
    Messages: 61

    Crispy, amazing it was working as much as it was...

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  17. Western1

    Western1 PlowSite.com Addict
    from MI.
    Messages: 1,861

    Good find
     
  18. JFon101231

    JFon101231 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 769

    Should always keep a spare just in case, they also have a nasty habit of breaking in the on position and have to pull cables apart!

    It's death may have been quickened buy a poor connection between your two power harnesses. I would just make sure the large lugs are making good contact now between your new truckside and old plow side