snowplow fluid contamination

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by General Grounds, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: i know this is a little late or you can early for that manner, but anyway. during this past winter about half way through the storm my western snowplow filter would become clogged and i would have to run to the shop change the fluid, filter and gasket. the filter seem to have a grayish slug stuck to it. everytime i would drain the fluid i wiped the resoiver clean. im woundering if my packing seals are goin bad, other than that im stumped, any ideas???? tony
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Did you bleed all old fluid from the cylinders? If not, try that. Cylinders hold a lot of fluid and will contaminate your new fluid.

    Mike
     
  3. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: mike would i be bleedin them by removing the hose and then collapsing the cylinder? thanks tony
     
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes. And if the fluid is quite dirty, I would re-fill the entire system and flush it out again. It's very important on Western plows that the fluid is clean. Every fall, I bleed all the fluid from the cylinders and change the filter. I eliminate a lot of problems that way. Good luck.

    Mike
     

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