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Hydraulic Systems: Common Problems Tackled By Repair Experts

by Alfredo Harper

Hydraulic systems have many applications in daily life. These devices are common in heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes. Their presence in these machines facilitates the movement of heavy loads and parts like arms. Hydraulic systems are also part of hydraulic braking systems designed to help motorists stop vehicles smoothly and efficiently. Other apparatuses that rely on these systems include hydraulic lifts, power steering, jacks, and shock absorbers. Sadly, hydraulic systems are often affected by various issues, hindering their operations and overall equipment performance. These include:

1.       Water contamination

Numerous chemical contaminants negatively impact hydraulic systems, the topmost being water. Water contamination affects hydraulic oil's chemical and physical properties, compromising the product's lubricity. There's more metal-to-metal contact when that happens, and components wear faster. Plus, a combination of water and oxygen leads to corrosion, making the rusted hydraulic systems' metal surfaces thinner and likely to cause hydraulic fluid leakage. Besides, water present in a system exposed to low temperatures can freeze into ice and lead to jamming problems.

2.       Strange sounds and noises 

Hydraulic systems produce strange noises when they have underlying problems. For instance, if you have a hydraulic pump that recently began to operate noisily, you may be dealing with a fluid flow issue. The hydraulic fluid in your pump should move at an even, smooth pace. But that cannot happen when there's a blockage, leading to strange sounds. You are likely to experience a similar problem when your pump's components are faulty. For instance, if the device has malfunctioning relief valves, it may emit hissing sounds. Loud noises may also indicate something bigger than operational issues, such as equipment that has exceeded its serviceable life.

3.       Overheating

Overheating is a common problem with hydraulic systems. It has many sources, among them being improvisation. Sometimes, users adjust components like the pump compensator, inducing overheating. A hydraulic device may also overheat if it is improperly designed. For example, a pressure drop becomes imminent when a pump has wrongly-sized parts. In turn, the machine compensates by working extra hard, leading to excess heat generation. And the problems compound when the equipment in context relies on a sub-par cooling system.

Hire Hydraulic Repair Services        

Hydraulic systems are apt to fail from time to time. But that shouldn't be enough reason to avoid them. Hire hydraulic repair technicians trained and skilled in fixing issues related to these systems. Doing that ensures you have the personnel required to quickly troubleshoot and repair faulty hydraulic machines. Plus, reputable professionals replace damaged components with genuine parts guaranteed to last longer. 

To learn more, contact a company like Miller Hydraulics Service, Inc.