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How often should you service your hydraulic power pack? ben lee
How often should you service your hydraulic power pack?

Ensuring you service system parts at correct intervals, ensures longevity and optimal system performance. As repairs can come at expensive prices, adhering to these intervals can prove cost effective in the long run and keep the production process running smoothly with no costly stops.

 

Filters

Filters are an essential part of the hydraulic system and help to keep the system clean by removing any clogging and other blockages which could lead to possible component or even complete system failure.

It is essential to change filters regularly and some machines come with built-in gauges which indicate when filters should be replaced. Manufacturer specified intervals should always be adhered to if unsure of the correct replacement schedule.


Fluids

Fluids form the heart of any hydraulic system and it is vital that fluid quality levels are regularly monitored with replacement taking place at manufacturer specified intervals. It is recommended that new fluid be checked after 100 hours of operation and then replaced every 1,000 hours after that, unless manufacturer guidelines specifications differ from that number.

Correct operating temperature plays a big part in fluid quality and longevity, as if the fluid is allowed to get too hot, overheating can occur leading to component failures or worse. The ideal temperature for fluid should be in the region of 120-130 F and the machine should be left to run to operating temperature before the level is checked.


Hoses

Over time, hoses will begin to degrade and it is essential that they are checked regularly for any splits, tears and monitored for pressure loss.

It is recommended that all hoses should be replaced after approximately 6 years of service regardless of any physical signs of deterioration as it is natural for rubber compounds to begin degrading around this period of time.

 

Housing

Another component to regularly check is the power pack housing as dirt, dust and foreign contaminants regularly build up on the housing and can cause problems such as interfering with heat transfer and issues with oil and fluid temperature control.

It is essential to regularly check and clean housing where necessary to ensure optimal system performance.


Implementing a maintenance schedule

The best way to ensure that you stay on top of system maintenance is to create a regular maintenance schedule so you can check all system components are operating correctly and within system tolerances. This makes it far less likely to miss any crucial areas of the system and will help lengthen the lifespan of the power pack.


 



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