Hydraulics systems use liquids to power your machinery, vehicle, equipment, or tools. They can generally create much more power than a mechanical system can and for this reason hydraulics is used commonly across mining and construction industries. However tough the working conditions are, there are still some common issues to watch out for when it comes to your hydraulics machinery. Here are five of the most common below.
Making sure you keep your equipment clean can pay off in the long run when it comes to the operation and time between servicing your hydraulics machinery. It’s important to make sure you have clean, checked and changed filters and strainers, as well as clean fluids. A contaminated fluid can spell trouble for your performance and can also be dangerous if your machinery does malfunction due to this. Ensure to clean your machinery and test your fluids for purity frequently.
A leak in your hydraulics system can also mean a financial loss due to fluid wastage. It also means your machinery is working harder and not as efficiently as it could be. It all spells safety issues for your work space due to spills and environmental issues if the fluids of the hydraulics system are toxic or considered a pollutant.
Overrunning your machinery can make hydraulics breakdowns more common. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete your work with your equipment or vehicle so you don’t push it to its limits. If the system is older this can also mean it becomes overworked sooner, as well as if your hydraulics experiences low pressure, putting strain on the rest of the system. Keep an eye on the gauge and pull back or stop if it gets too hot.
Hydraulics systems rely heavily on pressure to keep working. If the pressure is too low or too high, you’ll have a problem with the operation of your equipment or vehicle. Don’t ignore the signs of low or high pressure, as this can lead to a breakdown. If you notice your machinery not turning as fast as it usually does, or heating up a bit too fast, then get a mobile mechanic to take a look at it before things go wrong.
5. Loose parts
Loose parts can happen when there is wear and tear on your hydraulics system. For example, corrosion, rust, consistent use, or even improper storage of your machinery can mean parts loosen up. This can cause a danger during operations, cause leaks, or create other issues. The fluids themselves may lubricate parts to come loose also. Make sure to keep on top of maintenance to prevent this from happening an ensure to replace any worn or loose parts immediately.
Always check your equipment before every season of operation, or ensure you get a professional to take a look over and service your hydraulics systems regularly.
Professional hydraulics servicing and repairs
Avoid delays in getting your work done by making sure you have your hydraulics systems serviced regularly. This will ensure smooth running and performance, as well as potentially saving you money on footing the bill for more serious issues later on. Get a mobile mechanic out to see you to make things easier.
At Perth-based Diesel West Mechanical Services, we provide high quality mobile hydraulics servicing and repairs throughout the metro area and beyond. Our qualified diesel and hydraulic mechanics are experts at fault diagnosis and repair and have extensive experience working with hydraulics and fluid power.
For mobile diesel and hydraulic mechanical services in the Perth area, contact Diesel West today on 0427 501 378.