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    Default What does milky white hydrolic fluid mean?

    I last used my plow a week and a half ago. I went out to test it today(an old Meyer I bought used) and it would not move in any direction. I bled off the fluid and it was milky white. I refilled with new fluid and it is working now. I'm wondering what would make the fluid white and why would the plow not move? There is one place on one of the arms that it leaks fluid just a tiny bit, but no big puddle or anything. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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    Either air or water mixed in with the fluid.

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    Water. Surprised it drained out and wasnt frozen up. Glad it worked out for you. You may want to use it a little and flush it back out again. Get that leak fixed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by btammo View Post
    Water. Surprised it drained out and wasnt frozen up. Glad it worked out for you. You may want to use it a little and flush it back out again. Get that leak fixed!
    Does the leak allow enough water in to turn it milky?

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    Sure. Doesnt take much to get in especially if it has been sitting around awhile. I would flush it, use it and then flush again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by btammo View Post
    Sure. Doesnt take much to get in especially if it has been sitting around awhile. I would flush it, use it and then flush again....
    Yup. Had my myers freeze up, knew it was that because I put heat on it, & in about three minutes, it was working. Lift ram seal is iffy, I think moisture is getting by.
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    I had 3 plow freeze up this year and smoked 2 pump motors in the meantime

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    I am going to rebuild the myers e-60. Got a buddy of mine that has the necessary equipment to do it. Fisher minute mount has been good, no issues. looks like more snow coming in this coming week. spent many hrs plowing Wednsday & thursday .
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    Quote Originally Posted by btammo View Post
    I had 3 plow freeze up this year and smoked 2 pump motors in the meantime
    Found the problem with the myers. Water had gotten in the end of the motor, & when it got cold, froze up, motor would not turn. Pull motor, drain completely, good to go. Note to self, when installing a new motor, make sure there is a drain hole facing down on motor case.
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    I siliconed around my motors when I put them on this time. Doesnt say to do that but i fugured it couldnt hurt. I had ice around the motor shaft as well. Nice design huh....

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