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Avoid These Mistakes When Repairing Hydraulic Machinery

Access to heavy machinery makes it possible to easily complete a variety of construction tasks. Many of the machines that modern construction crews rely on each day are powered via hydraulics systems. Without a functional hydraulic cylinder, a machine can be rendered useless.

Here are three tips that you can use to ensure you aren't making some serious mistakes when it comes to repairing your hydraulic machinery in the future.

1. Use the right tools to get the job done.

Hydraulic fluid must be able to flow freely throughout the hydraulic cylinder in order to ensure the proper function of your construction machines. Any leaks that allow this fluid to escape can create a loss in pressure that will leave your machine unable to perform.

When you are repairing your hydraulic cylinder, it's essential that you use the right tools. Avoid sharp metal screwdrivers and opt for tools with a blunted edge instead. This will ensure you don't accidentally perforate the hydraulic seal and create a hydraulic leak that will damage your machine.

2. Order the correct replacement parts.

When you are repairing your hydraulic cylinder, it's always a good idea to replace the hydraulic seal as well. This ensures that the seal will be properly lubricated and ready to perform as soon as any necessary repairs are made.

Some people are tempted to order hydraulic cylinder repair seals by measuring the size of the seal they remove from their equipment during repairs. You should always consult the user's manual for proper seal sizing before placing an order. The existing seal can expand or contract during use, altering it from its original size.

3. Be mindful of high-tension springs.

Hydraulic cylinders that service larger pieces of construction machinery may rely on high-tension springs for proper compression. It's important that you are aware of the existence of these springs before you attempt to make repairs.

Removing the hydraulic cylinder without utilizing specialized equipment to keep the springs contracted could result in further damage to your machinery, and it could place you at risk of being injured. If you aren't prepared to deal with high-tension springs, then consider having your machine's hydraulic cylinder repaired by a professional who is.

When you understand the need for proper tools, proper sizing when replacing hydraulic seals, and the correct handling of high-tension springs during repairs, you will be better equipped to make hydraulic cylinder repairs in the future.