A hydraulic system consists of various components such as valves, pumps, filters, and cylinders. Hydraulic cylinders play an important part in this system. However, they are a simple part of this whole system and are maintained or repaired very easily.
If you have a fundamental knowledge of the principles of a hydraulic system, then the hydraulic repair will not be a hard task for you.
Here are a few tips on how you can conduct hydraulic cylinder repair with minimal pressure.
Clean The Cylinder
Before you start preparations on the cylinder repair, you should always clean out the cylinder and release any pressure build-up. Cleaning the cylinder requires that you make sure to rid the surface of any dirt and oil. You should take apart the plugs and any hoses that are connected to the cylinder. After this, it is necessary to pour out any fluid that has settled inside the cylinder.
Get The Proper Tools
To repair a hydraulic cylinder, you should get the right tools for the job. You will need a screwdriver, pliers, a punch, a torque wrench, a rubber mallet, and a seal kit. You will need these tools to take apart the cylinder and identify where the problem is coming from. One of the most common issues that result in a broken down cylinder is leakage.
An essential aspect of this repair is to acknowledge the weight of your system. To be safe, always make sure you are wearing protective gear. It is also advisable that you find a way to brace the weight by using jacks or blocks to avoid accidents or injury to yourself.
Reassemble Your Cylinder
Before conducting cylinder repair, you should have gotten a diagram that shows you how to re-install or reassemble your cylinder. Replaced parts of a cylinder may look different, and the diagram will be able to guide you on which parts to bring together.
Be very patient and careful while reassembling the parts because a small mistake will cause damage to the new parts. Oil, the cylinder parts, well and also make sure you check if the new seals have got any leakages before closing up the system. Test the system to see if the cylinder works well.
You have now repaired your cylinder and can continue using it. If you do not feel confident enough to conduct a hydraulic cylinder repair, leave it until you can get professional help.