Top Tips for avoiding issues with hydraulic equipment

Posted on 5-December-2018

With most industrial machinery containing hydraulic components, hydraulic system failure is all too commonplace. And when the hydraulic system fails, chances are the failure will not be isolated to just the hydraulic components, there will also be knock-on effects that can be potentially damaging to other components within the system. For example, contaminated fluid will place unnecessary stress on any pumps being used in the system.

The good news is, you don’t need to be an expert in hydraulics to keep your system up and running. Below are our top tips on what to do to avoid downtime with your hydraulic equipment.

  1. Check your hydraulic fluid regularly. The majority of system failures can be attributed to contaminants within the hydraulic fluid, generally particles or aeration. While you are at it, check the fluid level as a low level can cause other components to stop working. Back up these internal checks with regular professional fluid sampling and analysis.
  2. Change your filter elements. Filter elements are a consumable item and are not meant to last forever. By checking and changing your filter elements, you help prevent contaminants from entering your hydraulic fluids.
  3. Check for fluid leaks. Simply put, if fluid can get out, contaminants can get in.
  4. Read and follow your equipment manuals. These manuals will guide you on how often you should be checking hydraulic system components.
  5. Look out for warning signs. A noisy system, loss of efficiency or excessive heat can all indicate imminent failure. Address these signs immediately.
  6. Leave it to the experts! A Pacific Hydraulics Preventative Maintenance Program can save you both money and headaches.
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