The key to keeping a hydraulic system up and running in top form is to know what you can take care of yourself — and when to call in the pros. Here are some key ways you can maintain your hydraulic system safely.
Check the Temperature
Running too hot is one of the main reasons hydraulic systems fail. Keep the temperature foremost in mind when running the system, and make sure it stays within the recommended range. If temperatures get too hot, damage to the hoses and seals is very likely to occur; other key components of the system may also be compromised.
If the temperature increases beyond the recommended range, turn the system off immediately and call a technician or bring it to us. The pro will be able to determine why the system temperature is rising beyond safe levels.
Check the System Lubrication
Hydraulics need lubrication to run smoothly, so you may need to add oil to the system periodically. Learn where on the system you must check the lubrication, how often, and which type of oil to use. The right weight or viscosity of oil is critical to the proper running of your hydraulic system (just as it is in your car).
Keep in mind, though, that it may not be necessary to rush into an oil change. Oil changes are actually necessary only occasionally. First analyze the oil to determine whether it is still good. While using old oil can cause issues, there is no need to discard oil when just a top-off may be all that is needed to keep the parts of the system correctly lubricated.
Check for Leaks
Your hydraulic system is only as good as the integrity of its seals and gaskets. This is one of the reasons that temperature management is so critical. Abnormally high temperatures can likely damage these parts.
When the seals and gaskets fail, the lubrication that keeps your hydraulic system running smoothly can leak out. Check periodically for leaks so you can catch any issues before your system sustains damage.
Check Your Filters
Check filters periodically. A set schedule of inspection and replacement is not necessarily a cost-effective or optimal way to manage a filter program. An intuitive but regular inspection is generally the most effective way to check the filters, replacing only those that need it.
However, be careful not to let too much time lapse between checking filters. Clogged filters can allow particles to contaminate your oil, which can damage parts. Regularity is necessary in order to optimally maintain your filters.
Make sure you are getting your hydraulic system tuned-up on the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. Bringing in a professional like us to give your system the once-over can help you find small problems before they become big issues that damage the system. Your installer or vendor can help you figure out the right schedule for tune- ups.
With a little vigilance, you can maintain your hydraulic system running safely, so it serves you for a long time.