Avoid the #1 Cause of Hydraulic Failure
- Monday, 30 September 2013 10:39
- Written by R and N Hydraulics
No matter how stringent you are about seal replacements or hydraulic cylinder repair, your equipment could still be at risk. Almost 3/4 of all hydraulic failure stems from contaminated or degraded fluid. Don’t let this silent culprit put your expensive gear at risk. Know the facts and do what’s best for the longevity of your machine.
- Dirty fluid can affect every component of your hydraulic system from pumps and motors to the valves themselves. This will decrease horsepower and increase heat production that could cause parts to seize.
- Because contamination affects all the parts, the piece that fails could be one of many needing repair or replacement. The cost of major hydraulic equipment repair could sideline your business.
- Water is the most common cause. It corrodes parts of the system which then flake off and become solid particulates that exacerbate your contamination issue.
- Improper storage – especially in a state like Arkansas – can be a huge factor in contaminating your new hydraulic fluid before it even comes out of the container.
- Replacing fluids without properly flushing the system can cause adverse interactions between fluids or their additives.
Choose fluids wisely. Consider manufacturer’s guidelines and the performance you expect out of your equipment. Store your new fluid properly out of the weather, away from rain, shine, temperature swings and high humidity. Be diligent: not only about how often you do maintenance — but the steps in your process as well. These efforts will extend the life of your equipment and keep your money in the bank.
Sometimes, though, things don’t go as planned. If your hydraulics aren’t working properly, call R&N Hydraulics at 501-847-2816 or contact us on our website. Regardless of the cause of the problem, we can fix it!