Top Hydraulic Cylinder Repair Tips

Here at Motus, we want to help make the process of buying hydraulic cylinders as easy as possible. Whether you’re after a toplink cylinder, logsplitter cylinder or something else, let us assist in any way that we can. Operating out of Hastings, New Zealand, we’ve been industry experts for over 50 years, specialising in custom and off the shelf hydraulic cylinders.

As many of us will know, certain types of hydraulic equipment such as fire trucks, bulldozers, cranes, tractors and other construction vehicles all rely on hydraulic cylinders in order to perform their desired functions. In order to manage the heavy lifting requirements of these vehicles and machinery, the hydraulic cylinders work to help transfer the fluid within the system as part of the hydraulic movements. These cylinders are essential in this process and lifting or movement would not happen without them.

Much like the rest of the hydraulic system, hydraulic cylinders are reliant on maintenance and regular upkeep. We’ve got some tips that can help in the event of your cylinders needing to be repaired or replaced.

Have the right tools on hand

If you need to repair or replace your hydraulic cylinders, this will require the appropriate tools, so make sure you have these on hand. Using metal tools can unfortunately scratch the cylinders and cause damage to them which you want to avoid as much as possible.

Take a look at other parts and components

As a rule of thumb, when it comes to upkeep and maintenance, regularly take the time to check the cylinder and its components. This includes checking pieces like the rods, seals and other parts/components to make sure everything is in working order. If something isn’t working, sometimes it might not be the cylinder, but another part linked to it that isn’t operating or functioning correctly.

Replace rod seals

When repairing a cylinder, it might be a good idea to replace old rod seals at the same time, as this can prevent seal leaks and seal failure from occurring.

Replacement set

In order to not have to wait on a delivery and to limit downtime, make sure to have a spare set of cylinders on hand that are ready to install. This gives you more time to repair the cylinder which means you won’t be rushing and allows you to get the machine back up and running as quickly as possible.

Inspect the cylinders frequently and check for fluid leaks before operation. In addition to this, make sure that you keep the hydraulic fluid and parts clean.

If you need any more information or help with your hydraulic cylinders, please feel free to get in touch with our experts here at Motus Hydraulics.


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