Most heavy equipment used on farms is equipped with a hydraulic system. This type of system consists of various parts including not only a hydraulic pump, but also hoses that interconnect all valve pools and cylinders. It is possible that over time the hydraulic hoses will begin to wear and spring a leak. When this happens, the hose needs to be replaced. It is possible to replace a hydraulic hose on your own if you are informed about the most helpful tips.
Locate the Leak
The key to replacing a hydraulic hose in the easiest manner possible is to accurately locate the source of the leak right away. There are most likely different hydraulic hoses, which means that you need to begin with identifying the hose that is leaking. In some cases, the hose that has burst might be noticeable and evident to the naked eye. However, sometimes locating the leaking hydraulic hose is a bit trickier. Finding the source of a small leak is possible by looking at where the leak is coming from. You can often just follow the trail of the leak back to the hose that is the original source. This saves you from having to remove any hose that is not directly connected to the leak.
Remove the Pressure
It is also important to consider the amount of pressure that exists within the hose. If there is a live load on the hose, it may blow out when you remove it from its connection. This means that you need to make sure that all the pressure has been removed from the hose before you disconnect it. This can be done by removing the live load or the weight on the hose. Removing the pressure from the cylinder before you remove the hose is essential.
Drain the Oil
In most cases, there will still be oil present in the hydraulic hose when you remove it from both connections. This means that you should have a container handy that you can use to dump the excess oil into. It is always suggested that you reattach the fittings when you are in the process of replacing the hose. By replacing the fittings in the meantime, you have the ability to cut down on the amount of debris that finds its way into the hydraulic system. When you are dumping out the excess oil from the hose, you should make sure that the fittings are reattached until a new hose is installed. Make sure that the fittings are thoroughly cleaned before reattached.
For more tips or assistance, contact companies like Southern Hydraulic Services.