Maintaining your cooling system is very important to keeping your engine from overheating.
In modern diesel engine cooling systems a loss of 5% or more can cause your engine to overheat.
Regularly checking your coolant level and fixing cooling system leaks can go a long way to maintaining your cooling system and prevention of engine overheating issues.
Changing out your coolant at the scheduled intervals will help stop damage caused by corrosion.
Top ups also need to be done using coolant either pre-mixed or concentrates used with demineralised water. Using tap water can accelerate the corrosion of components and the deterioration of radiator hoses.
If your reading this chances are you have a hydraulic ram that is leaking on your machine.
Earth-moving machinery relies very heavily on it’s hydraulic cylinders to operate it’s intended function whether it be to move your excavator bucket lower your skid steers loader boom, there are a multitude of uses for hydraulic cylinders.
Hydraulic systems are required to be as clean as possible to operate correctly & efficiently. If you have a hydraulic oil leak from a leaking hose, leaking o-ring or leaking ram, if oil can get, out dirt & moisture can get in.
Dirt & moisture can cause a lot of issues in your hydraulic system. From oil contamination and degradation reducing the oils service life and causing damage to your seals and moving parts such as hydraulic pumps, hydraulic valves or hydraulic cylinders causing them to leak.
If your ram is leaking it will need to be resealed to bring it back to its former glory and do what you need it to do. If you need your machines hydraulic system checked out or hydraulic cylinder re-sealed give DieselWest a phone call today.
Hydraulic oil leaks can be easy to find or difficult to determine the source of the leak.
They can be a slow weep to a fast flowing leak leaving a puddle of hydraulic oil.
Hydraulic hoses can leak for a variety of reasons from ageing, rub-throughs or damaged from operating movements. It is important to regularly inspect hydraulic hose condition to prevent your machine breaking down when you least expect it.
A leaking o-ring can cause a large oil leak. O-rings can age, fatigue or blow out from high pressure. Ensuring the correct type & grade of o-ring is used is essential to stopping the leak and preventing it from occurring again.
Oil seals are used on a variety of hydraulic components from pumps, motors and cylinders. Keeping an eye on your oil levels and visually inspecting leaks on your machine is a good way to pick up those small leaks before they become big expensive ones costing more money to fix and more down time.
DieselWest can diagnose your hydraulic leak whether it be on a skid steer, excavator or any other type of machinery. Give DieselWest a call today to get your leaks checked out.
Hydraulic cylinders play an important role in your machines ability to do the work you bought it for.There are a few tell-tale signs that can point to the cylinder needing repairing.
Is it leaking Oil?
Oil leaks are the easiest to spot usually leaking onto the machine or leaving a patch of oil on the ground. If it is then your cylinder needs to be stripped down and re-sealed. Some of the time this can mean removal of the cylinder from the machine.
Is the cylinder getting unusually hot?
If the cylinder is getting abnormally hot this can be caused by the internal seals of the cylinder bypassing and not sealing anymore causing excess heat to be generated in the cylinder. The only way to fix this is to replace your hydraulic cylinder seals.
Does it creep or move on it’s when not being operated?
This is another symptom that can be caused by the internal seals being faulty, bypassing and needing replacement.
Getting your hydraulic cylinder resealed can be a simple or complex process depending on what has caused it to start leaking. Does it need machining? Which most likely will need to be done in a workshop. The cylinder can either be stripped down and repaired in a workshop or carried out onsite.
If your hydraulic cylinder needs re-sealing or other repairs call DieselWest and have a chat about your hydraulic cylinder issues.
While all types of earthmoving machinery at some stage will need servicing or repairs, maintaining your excavator requires specialist knowledge and expertise. But there are a few ways you can keep these costs down, such as:
Depending on the manufacturer of your excavator the service schedule & intervals can vary. Some brands require more TLC than others. Here are a few generic service intervals to give you an idea.
These are only a generic guideline the original manufacturer may have specific service recommendations depending on the model and even serial number of your excavator.
If your excavator is due for a service or needs a more in-depth hydraulic fault diagnosis or repair. Contact DieselWest for your servicing and repair needs.
If your Vehicle been modified with a re-power of a Chev Diesel 6.5L which don’t come cheap, chances are for one reason or another you took the plunge due to needing more power to tow your boat or caravan knowing the engine will have more than enough power over the stock engine to handle it with ease day in and day out.
Whether it be around the city or in regional areas keeping up quality regular servicing will identify those small faults like hard starting before they leave you on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere or stuck in a car park unable to start your Chev V8 Diesel engine.
Whether it be regular servicing or an oil or coolant leak than needs some attention on your Chev V8 Diesel using good quality parts and a high quality of workmanship DieselWest can help look after your servicing and repairs.
Give DieselWest a call today.
Can't remember when your forklift was last serviced?
There are a few ways that could give you the answer.
Finding your forklift hard to start whether it is petrol,gas or diesel may be a tell tale sign that your forklift needs servicing.
Are you finding that your forklift is slow or lacks power when lifting? Finding coolant or oil leak on the ground after moving it while it has been parked up?
Boom or tines noisy when operating the forklift?
These are all signs that your forklift is in need of some preventative maintenance.
Like any vehicle or machinery forklifts require regular servicing to keep them working for you and your business. Keeping up with a regular service schedule is the most cost effective way to keep your forklift in good working order.
From servicing on your forklift's engine or hydraulic system DieselWest can carry out servicing and forklift repairs on your premises or anywhere that is convenient for you.
Call DieselWest for more information about your forklift servicing needs.
Are you finding your diesel hard to start on cold mornings? It could be that your glow plugs aren't working.
Unlike petrol engines Diesel engines need the cold air in the engine to be preheated to aid in starting when cold.
If your Diesel engine needs attention call DieselWest today.
When considering if your timing belt needs replacement there are a few things to keep in mind.
Does my diesel engine have a timing belt? Not all engines have timing belts some have timing chains, which generally don’t need replacing unless they are stretched or there is a worn or damaged component.
When does the manufacturer recommend changing the timing belt? Most engine manufacturers have a scheduled time or mileage when they suggest it should be changed.
Timing belts on a diesel engine help keep all the moving parts of the engine working in a specific synchronised order to avoid costly internal damage and get the most out of your engine.
DieselWest can carry out your scheduled timing belt replacement just call us today!
Sticking to a consistent maintenance schedule for your mini-excavator can go a long way to reducing your running and repair costs.
From a basic service to a major service both play an important role to keep your machinery working hard for you. Both can pick up small faults from coolant leaks, hydraulic oil leaks, hydraulic faults, engine faults before they become more expensive issues with increased downtime.
Regular greasing of you work equipment greasing points will extend the life of your excavators moving components. With various types of grease available be sure to use the correct type of grease, not all greases are created equal and there will be specific grease required for the application.
The engine of a mini-excavator is a critical part of keeping it working to its full potential. The engine needs good quality engine oil, good quality filters to safeguard it has a long working life.
Even though hydraulic systems and components are a lot smaller than larger diggers their no less important thus still need high quality oil and filtration systems to provide the break-out power to operate under the harsh conditions of digging trenches, rock-breaking, back filling etc. that you require it to do day in day out.If oil can get out, dirt can get in. Getting those oil leaks fixed not only stops the ingress of dirt the number one killer of hydraulics systems but will keep the cost of topping up the oil to a minimum. Sticking to the manufacturers servicing schedule will help keep any hydraulic issues to a minimum.
Are you looking for someone to maintain your mini-excavator? Call DieselWest today to discuss your servicing and repairs needs. Carrying out servicing and repairs to all makes and models such as Takeuchi, Komatsu, Kubota, Kobelco, CASE, New Holland, CAT, Yanmar.