Hydraulic Repairs | 3 Warning Signs Of Damage To Hydraulic Components

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Hydraulic components are used in all kinds of equipment related to the construction industry like tractors, loaders, bulldozers and cranes. But like any mechanical component, these hydraulic machineries can break down over prolonged use or failure to maintain regularly. These warning signs of damage to hydraulic components will need hydraulic repairs to restore optimal functionality.

Strange Sounds Coming From Hydraulic Systems

Strange sounds coming from hydraulic systems are typically the result of aeration. When air enters the system and pollutes the hydraulic fluid, then aeration takes place. When hydraulic fluid is contaminated, then the component starts to make strange clanging sounds during compression and decompression. Aeration destroys fluid quicker and may cause damage to the entire system because of poor lubrication and overheating. Aeration will result in erosion of metals and hydraulic components, which will cause mechanical failure eventually because of clogged inlets and intake lines. Air can enter the system through a leak in the pump, so a hydraulic repairs specialist will need to check the components comprehensively before arriving at a solution. Some components may need full replacement to optimise the performance of the hydraulic system once again.

Sluggish Machine Performance

When the machine starts to operate more sluggishly than normal, then you should know that it's probably because of a leakage within the hydraulic system. A hydraulic system can lose adequate flow because of fluid leakages in the pump, hoses or valves. Leaks cause pressure to fall, which slows down the performance of the machine. A hydraulic repairs specialist will need to monitor the cycle of the system in order to isolate the specific area of the leak. In most cases, the problem can be repaired. But if the leak is too large, then replacement may be a more viable solution.

Fluid Running Through The System Is Too Hot

If the fluid running through the system is too hot, then the seals will get damaged time. Fluid typically gets too hot when thickness reduces below optimum. Fluid temperatures can also rise when the heat load is increased because the system is unable to dispel heat through the hydraulic reservoir. Obstructions to proper airflow because of external debris and dirt are common culprits for blocking heat dispersal. Aeration also increases the amount of heat passed through the system. Failure to keep fluid temperatures low will result in reduced shelf life and damaged seals. A hydraulic repairs specialist will need to inspect the system to establish the reason behind the heated system.  

If you notice any of these problems, call a hydraulic repairs specialist immediately to prevent irreparable damage later.