Snow plow hydraulic cylinders are extremely important components when removing snow. Remember, these systems use hydraulic power to control motion and exert force that removes snow.
However, as you use this machine, there are instances where you may experience problems that hinder optimal performance.
Problems, Possible Causes and Solutions
Blades will not ascend or descend as desired
This is when the blades in the snow plow hydraulic cylinder don’t lift or lower as planned by the operator.
Cause: It may be caused by leaks or wear of the lifting hose, contamination of the solenoid valve, insufficient pressure in the pump, and blockages in pumps.
Solution: You can fix this problem by changing seals that are damaged and maintaining an appropriate level of hydraulic fluid. Additionally, you can remove impurities from the contaminated valve. This will ensure there is adequate pressure in the pump and ensure there are no blockages in the pump.
Plow does not Ascend or Descend
This is when the plow won’t lift or lower properly because of a mechanical problem.
Cause: It may be caused by problems with the voltage, inadequate hydraulic fluid and defective hydraulic pump.
Solution: These problems can be corrected by ensuring a proper electrical connection, and ensuring hydraulic fluid is of the required level for functioning. Besides, ensure you are using a hydraulic pump that is not faulty.
Internal leakage occurs when fluids go through the internal seals and are difficult to notice. External leakage is easily noticed as fluids can be seen on the outer part of the cylinder.
Cause: In most cases, the main causes are piston seal leaks, wear and tear, and seal contamination.
Solution: This can be corrected by replacing the seals whenever necessary or after a certain period. At the same time, you should ensure oil thickness is high to avoid wear and tear and avoid seal contamination by cleaning the seal
Failure of Plow Lights from Turning On
The plow lights don’t turn on because of problems with the equipment.
Cause: In most cases, the main cause is the electrical connection problems.
Solution: This can be corrected by ensuring proper wiring, checking that the switch is not faulty and that the bulbs are not burned out.
Engine Operates but does not Plow
A situation where the motor runs but the hydraulic cylinder does not plow may suggest an issue with the hydraulic system.
Cause: Insufficient pump pressure and voltage or electrical issues.
Solution: This can be corrected by checking the voltage ensuring a proper electrical connection and also ensuring sufficient pump pressure; this can be done by doing a pressure test.
Please note: Even as you troubleshoot the snow plow hydraulic cylinder, ensure you follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual.