For many of us, having a hydraulic system leak can seem like a normal part of operating our equipment. Small leaks here and there aren’t really that big of a problem right? Hydraulic system leaks are an indication that there is a problem. Like any indication of a problem, if the indication is ignored it can often turn into bigger problems down the road that can cost you far more time and money.
Our hydraulic equipment is essential to accomplishing the tasks or the job we’re getting paid to do. We depending day in and day out on our equipment to operate the way we expect and to and to not break down. When our equipment fails, it not only costs us money in repairs, but money in downtime and lost work. Proper maintenance is an essential part of getting the longest life and least downtime from your equipment.
Regular visual inspections are key to making sure your equipment stays running properly and you catch small problems before they turn into bigger ones. Visual inspections should include the basic appearance of the vehicle or equipment and specific details about each system. You should check any moving components for wear and regularly add grease at any grease fittings. You should also inspect the engine for proper fluid levels and maintenance intervals and any electric motors for proper operation and bearing wear. This inspection should also include a check of the operator’s station for easy operation and safety. Lastly, the hydraulic system inspection should include an inspection of the hydraulic fluid and pump, the valuing, the hoses, and hydraulic cylinders.
If you find leaks in hydraulic hoses, often the best thing to do is rebuild or replace them. Many auto parts stores or farm supply stores can easily rebuild hydraulic hoses using your old fittings and new hose. Even if you have to purchase brand new hoses for your equipment it is well worth the investment for safety and reliability. The hydraulic hoses on your equipment flex and move often so leaks can get worse quickly and can cause catastrophic problems if they burst or completely fail.
If you find leaks in hydraulic cylinders, pumps or motors you should also try and fix the problem as soon as possible. Seal leaks in hydraulic pumps and motors can quickly grow in size due to the rotating shaft they are sealing against and leaks in hydraulic cylinders can allow pressure to slow bleed off once the equipment is shut down which can cause problems for the next day.
Replacing or rebuilding hydraulic pumps, motors and cylinders can be a costly endeavor. If you’ve found a hydraulic system leak, consider sealing the leak from the inside out by using BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak. BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop leak can be added to your hydraulic fluid and will restore the current seals in your system stop the leaks without the hassle of costly repairs and excessive downtime. BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak works as you use your equipment minimizing downtime and saving you money all around.
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