Troubleshooting Your Bale Spike

by Anthony Fairchild on 4/2/18 12:51 PM
 
IF YOUR BALE SPIKE ISN'T OPERATING START WITH THESE STEPS:
 
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Step 1. Check the fluid level in your reservoir. The reservoir should have fluid two to three (2-3) inches from the top of the fill hole. Click here to learn how to flush the hydraulic system.
 
Step 2. Check your wiring. Loose, frayed, and especially corroded wires can prevent your equipment from getting adequate power, and even damage your electrical parts.
 
Step 3. Check your terminals. Corroded battery terminals will cause malfunctions. Click to learn how to troubleshoot your pump.
 
IF THE REMOTE FUNCTIONS IMPROPERLY:
 
Step 1. Disconnect the remote.
 
Step 2. Use a small test wire to jump from the hot post on your solenoid to the small actuator post on your solenoid. This should raise your spears.
 
Step 3. To lower your spears, you will need two wires. Both wires will connect to the hot post on your solenoid. The end of one wire needs to connect to the plastic coil on the side of your pump. 
 
Step 4. Next touch the other wire to the small actuator post on your solenoid. If your spears raise and lower properly, you need to replace your remote.
 
IF THE SOLENOID FUNCTIONS IMPROPERLY: 
 
Step 1. Disconnect your remote.
 
Step 2. Use a small test wire to jump from the hot post on your solenoid to the small actuator post on your solenoid.
 
Step 3. If you cannot hear a strong audible click coming from your solenoid, it will need to be replaced. Click here to read more on testing your solenoid.
 

IF THE COIL FUNCTIONS IMPROPERLY: 

Usually if your coil is not working you will only get movement in one direction.

Step 1. Make sure the pump is grounded

Step 2. Put 12V of power directly to the contact post (the coil only has one post).

Step 3.  Take a non-magnetic screwdriver or other metal tool and attempt to stick it to the coil. If the coil is working (magnetized) the metal tool will stick to the end of the coil. If it is not working the magnet is not getting a charge (magnetizing) and the tool will not stick to the coil.

 

WATER, ICE, CORROSION: FLUSHING THE PUMP

Step 1. Disconnect the hoses. Place the disconnected hoses into a bucket or drain pan to collect the hydraulic fluid from the cylinder.

Step 2.  Drain the cylinder. In order to drain the cylinder retract and extend the cylinder until all the fluid is removed. The fluid will exit the hoses removed in step 1.

Step 3. Remove the reservoir and empty the fluid. The reservoir is located on the end of the pump.

Step 4. While you have the reservoir off, use a mild parts cleaner to clean the filters and the inside of the reservoir. You may need to replace the filters. Mild parts cleaner can be purchased at your local auto parts store.

Step 5. Pull the valve out of the pump and clean with parts cleaner as well, flushing the block. The cleaner will flow out of the tubes into your collection bucket.

Step 6. Allow the parts cleaner to evaporate from the disassembled pump. This process takes about ten minutes.

Step 7.  Reassemble pump, reconnect hoses, and fill the reservoir with AW46 (hydraulic fluid) or Dexron III (automatic transmission fluid) and purge the system until it’s full. Be sure NOT to mix the two fluids. Only use one type.

 
WEATHERIZE YOUR BALE SPIKE:
 
Before temperatures decrease, clean the filers and change the fluid to eliminate crystallization. Click to read more about Bale Spike maintenance.
 
Click below to download our hay hauling comparison guide. Compare the bale spike, tractor, attachment, and hay buggy by pros, cons, price and capacity. 
 
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This post was written by Anthony Fairchild

I'm the technical service manager at Pierce.