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2 Tips for Preparing New Seals for Installation on Your Factory's Hydraulic Equipment

After noticing that your factory's hydraulic equipment has started to lose pressure, you may have found that the seals were damaged or worn out. After ordering replacement seals from your supplier, you may feel that you can simply take out the old seal and replace it with the new one. This might not help your new seal last as long as it should. Before you proceed with their installation, you should use the following tips to prepare the new seals.

1.  Wipe the Seals Thoroughly 

The first thing you should do after removing the seals from their packaging is to wipe them down thoroughly. Even if they were hermetically sealed, the seals may still have dust on them or may have become dirty while you were unpackaging them. Even a small amount of grime or dust could interfere with the seal once it is installed.

However, when you wipe the seals, make sure that you use a clean, lint-free cloth so that you do not introduce more dirt or dust to their surfaces. Use a mechanic's cloth or mico-fiber cloth to wipe them off.

Try to wipe as gently as possible to avoid tearing the surfaces, and do not use any cleaner unless it is specifically recommended by the manufacturer. Using an incompatible cleanser will cause the breakdown of the seals' material, requiring that you replace them sooner than you normally would need to.

2.  Lubricate the Seals with a Silicone-based Grease or Oil

Once you have ensured that the seals' surfaces are free from dirt, dust, and other grime, the next thing you should do is generously lubricate them. Proper lubrication allows for easier installation into tight spaces without friction that would cause tearing. It also helps make the seals moist and supple so that they do not dry out and wear down quickly.

When choosing the lubricant to use on the seals, either use one that is suggested by the supplier or use grease or oil that is silicone-based. Silicone spreads evenly and thinly to cover the entire surface. It also soaks into the material and adheres to the surface to allow for longer-lasting lubrication.

Making sure that the seals are properly prepared before installing them can help ensure that they seal tight enough to maintain pressure within the hydraulic tubes. For more information about preparing and installing hydraulic seals, speak with a representative from the industrial supply business from which you purchased them.