When it comes to doing hydraulic hose repairs, its either you do it yourself or you have a repairman do it for you. If you want to save on labor costs, then you obviously need to do it yourself. Well, thankfully, doing hydraulic hose repairs does not require intimate knowledge of rocket. All you need is the right set of tools and a pair of quick hands. IF you have both, then youre ready to start. Read below to get the details on how you can repair hydraulic hoses.
The only problem you are ever going to have with hydraulic hoses is leaks. This is because they serve only one function and that is to deliver fluids to a hydraulic machine. If you see a leaking hose, the first thing you need to do is to identify the source of the leak. Turn of the system and clean the area where you see a pool of fluid. Turn on the system and watch closely where fluid is leaking. Whatever you do, do NOT use your bare hands to feel for the leaks source you will burn yourself that way.
Once you know where the leak is coming from, its time to fix it. Depressurize the system. Discharge pumps and turn off the accumulator so the fluid doesnt spray uncontrollably.
If the source of the problem is a loose nut or the part that connects the hose to the machine, just tighten the nut, and re-pressurize the system, but if this does not solve the problem, you will need to replace the hose.
If you see a crack in the hose or feel that the hose is already worn, you will need to replace it. Hoses in that condition cannot be fixed, they must be replaced. When you replace them, however, make sure that you are investing in high-quality hoses. You may need to pay more, but weve always believed that you always get what you pay for.
When you have a new hose, remove the old hose by removing the clamps and the nuts that hold the hose in place and connecting it to the machine. When unscrewing a hose nut, quickly place a hydraulic cap to the fitting, and plug the house with a hydraulic plug. Do the same on the other end of the hose.
Inspect the new hose for dirt or debris. If it is blocked, clean it with compressed air. Once cleaned, put the new hose into place. Make sure that the hose does not twist or bend because this can lead to problems in the future. Ensure that the hose is stretched tightly and is not rubbing against other components of the machine. Connect the new hose to the machine by removing the hydraulic cap and connecting the hose with a hose not. Do the same on the other side. Re-attach the clamps to hold the hose in place. When this is done, re-pressurize the system.
How long the new hoses will last depend on their quality, so make sure you buy only the best hose that money can buy.