Breakdowns can be costly when it comes to your farm equipment and it’s especially difficult when a breakdown occurs during planting or harvesting season. To avoid something going wrong with your machinery at a crucial time, it’s essential that you conduct adequate checks on your hydraulics to ensure everything runs smoothly. Always perform appropriate checks pre-season so you can pick up any issues before your machinery is really put to work.
Clean and lubricate – Don’t just expect to roll your equipment out and immediately get going. You need to make sure you spend some time making sure your hydraulic systems are clean and well lubricated. If you operate throughout the season without proper lubrication and a thorough clean of built up grime, this can lead to damage to the moving parts.
Check your fluid and oil – Make sure your fluid levels are adequate and that the fluid is in good condition. Too little oil can cause serious damage and contaminated oil can also cause issues. Consult your manual to check how often you should be changing your oil and fluids. During the season, pay attention to whether the fluids in your hydraulic system are becoming too hot.
Look at hoses and lines – Inspect the metal lines on your machinery and look for cracking, cuts and dents which can restrict flow and cause pressure leaks, Also check for any damage on hoses as these can also be affected by overheating and extended wear. Look for crimped or collapsed hoses which can restrict flow and make sure all fitting on hoses are snug. Pay close attention to flex points on your hoses where stretching and kinking can occur.
Inspect pumps – Do a general check of your pumps to check for obvious wear and tear. Also, have a listen while your hydraulics are operating and listen for cavitation which occurs when the pump doesn’t receive the right amount of fluids. Make sure you check inlet lines for any leaks, bends, pinching or other discontinuities that may restrict flow. Pumps have smaller parts which can be affected by contaminants which is why keeping all systems clean is so essential.
Regular servicing through a qualified mechanic
Although there are simple pre-season checks you can conduct yourself on hydraulic equipment, it’s important that you have your machinery serviced regularly by a qualified diesel mechanic. Make sure you have a regular servicing schedule in place so you’re confident of reliable equipment throughout the season.
At Diesel West, we provide convenient mobile hydraulics and diesel engine servicing through the Perth metro area. Our qualified diesel mechanics are experts at fault diagnosis and repairs which means we’ll have your diesel equipment and vehicles operating at their best. We have strong experience and knowledge in hydraulics and fluid Power so you will have peace of mind that your car, 4wd, truck or machinery is in capable hands.
For mobile diesel mechanical services in the Perth area, contact Diesel West Mechanical Services today on 0427 501 378.