If you’ve been noticing any issues with your commercial truck, from loud noises to poor performance, it may very well have to do with the vehicle’s hydraulic system. This is because it’s quite common for trucks to suffer hydraulic fluid contamination, which can cause the vehicle to run poorly or improperly. Even if you take good care of your fleet, you may at one point need to contact a hydraulic service provider. But any hydraulic service provider will advise you that you need to take certain steps in order to ensure that your system isn’t ruined in the first place.
We all rely on hydraulics systems functioning at some point or another. Even NASA falls back on hydraulics; the space shuttle pumps installed by NASA use 3600 RPM. Each potentially holds up to 3050 PSI. Therefore, you must take the steps to ensure that your risk of hydraulic fluid contamination is reduced. Let’s look into how you can prevent hydraulic fluid contamination, and how you can resolve the issue once it’s happened.
1. Check The Lids
One thing that you need to ensure as the owner of commercial trucks is that the lids for your hydraulic system are properly sealed. Your hydraulic service provider can tell you that much of the issues surrounding hydraulic fluid contamination can be connected to poorly sealed lids. This may seem simple, but it needs to be addressed before it gets out of hand.
2. Use Filters
It can be impossible to keep particles from reaching hydraulic fluid entirely… so in that case, you should have it filtered out. Filters exclude particle contamination, keeping it from entering the fluid in the first place, rather than removing it after the damage has been done.
3. Re-Seal Your System
Hydraulic fluid isn’t always contaminated because of infiltration. Sometimes, fluid leaks are the main culprits. Do what you can to have your hydraulic systems sealed and re-sealed, with inspections done for leaks periodically.
4. Refresh Your Hydraulic Fluid
If you’re worried about your hydraulic fluid being contaminated, you can have it inspected periodically. But you should also have your hydraulic fluid replaced more frequently. The newer your hydraulic fluid is, the less you have to worry about contamination.
Listen to advice from your hydraulic service providers. You have to prioritize the health of your trucks.