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 Post subject: Plow help- old western-where do I check/add hydraulic fluid?
Post Posted: Jan 12, 2019 2:27 pm 
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Hi folks.......my hydraulics stopped working on my old western snow plow today and I am stuck. I am hoping I am just low on hydraulic fluid but can't figure out where to check it/top off if neccissary. Motor seems to be working (makes noise anyway, fingers crossed)I think but can't move up, or side to side. I have checked YouTube but all the videos I find are on newer units where it is very obvious. A guy at orielleys told me that most old setups have the hydraulic fluid under the hood but I checked my lines and they just seem to run to the control lever inside the truck. I have attached a couple pics, any advice on where the hydraulic fluid should go would be much appreciated!! Thank you!!

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Post Posted: Jan 12, 2019 4:06 pm 
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In the bottom picture it's the screw with the square head.


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Thanks, sir! Eventually figured it out and got it working......although it stopped again after about an hour, thinking air is getting into the system. Think my guess is right? Know of any tricks on how to ID where that may be occurring? Thank you!


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Post Posted: Jan 13, 2019 11:14 am 
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There are several forums on snowplows that may help you out. I've never had that problem with my plow so I can't help you there. Bought mine used in 1992 and it's worked fine all these years. Good luck!


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Hi samenbrian, you have a Western Isarmatic hydraulic unit. If you pm your email address to me, I'll send you a .pdf manual for it.
A good place in town for parts is Vital Parts, down by 285 past Federal. https://www.vitalpartsinc.net
They may also be able to point you towards someone who can repair, if needed.

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As the past owner of several Western plows, I would suggest you continue to check the fluid level in the pump as you use the plow. If air got into the lines from low fluid, the air will be gradually replaced with fluid if you keep the reservoir topped off. Eventually, the "spongy" response will go away as fluid replaces the air in the lines. Contact Phydeaux and take him up on his offer of a pdf manual for the plow; that's a great offer that will help you today and into the future!

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