5 maintenance and repair tips for hydraulic cylinders

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Hydraulic cylinder maintenance is needed to keep your hydraulic system to function smoothly and efficiently.

It will not only lessen the risk of harm in your workplace, but you will also save more money for repairs or replacement. Also, you will keep your operations running smoothly and avoid having downtimes.

So, for you to be spared from having to experience the hassle, here are five tips that you should remember to maintain and repair your hydraulic cylinders.

Keep The Oil in the Hydraulic Cylinders Clean

Maintaining oil levels is one of the simplest and most important things that you should remember. Most cylinder failures are caused by contaminated oil.

So, you should filter the danged oil because particles usually move back and forth inside the cylinder. It is also essential to clean the oil the first time that you apply it to the cylinder.

Also, you can install high-efficiency filters in the system and make sure that they’re changed when needed. A differential pressure gauge or indicator can also help you know if a filter gets clogged up.

It will also allow you to replace the filter before it goes into bypass (this happens when the oil passes unfiltered through the housing).

Check The Hydraulic Cylinders Regularly

Check the cylinder or rod for corrosion, uneven wear, and pitting. When a cylinder is heavily corroded, it could mean that there is too much moisture which can be found in either the air or the fluid.

Having dampness in the liquid is worse as it can wreak havoc in your entire hydraulic system. In addition, rod corrosion will hasten the wear and tear on the rod seal.

It happens because of the damage done by friction to it and the wiper. Corrosion can also cause pitting on the rod aside from physical damage, which can also damage the seal.

Uneven wear on the rod is usually caused by misalignment. The side load causes the rod to rub on the sides of the bearing, and it can prematurely cause wear to the bearing, seal, and the cylinder itself.

Usually, a slightly corroded and damaged hydraulic cylinder can be refinished by re-chroming and polishing it. On the other hand, if it can’t be repaired, the last resort will be to take it to a cylinder…
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