Dos and Don’ts of Filtration and Conditioning of Hydraulic Systems

Blog | March 9th, 2023

Hydraulic systems require the proper sort of hydraulic fluid to perform properly. The fluid is in charge of both transferring electricity and lubricating system components. The fluid will not keep the hydraulic system running on its own. How the fluid is filtered, and its quality is significant factors in maintaining hydraulic systems running properly.

Change Your Filters Frequently

It is critical to ensure that your filters do not become clogged with contaminants. Blocked filters increase system pressure and enter bypass mode, allowing contaminants to infect the whole hydraulic system.

Make Advantage Of High-Quality Filters

High-quality filters remove particles and impurities from hydraulic fluid more effectively. It would be best to consider utilising bigger filters when the system allows it, especially in unclean working settings. Larger filters have a higher capacity and require less frequent replacement than smaller ones.

Replace The Filters Every Time The Fluid Is Changed

While filters may need to be replaced between fluid changes, new filters should always be installed when the fluid is changed. Not only is the fluid fresh, but so are the filters.

Check Fluid Levels And Condition Daily

Get into the habit of checking the fluid level and condition. If the fluid level is low, this might suggest a leak. When fluid levels are low, the system may run at higher temperatures, reducing the usable lifespan of pumps, motors, and other system components. Leaks also enhance the danger of fluid contamination by letting air, water, dirt, and debris into the system.

It would be best if you also got into the habit of examining the fluid’s condition. You want to look for little metal flakes or other impurities in the fluid. If you see any, it might indicate a problem with the pumps, motors, or other moving parts.

Change The Fluid Regularly

It would help if you changed the hydraulic fluid at regular intervals. To determine when to change the fluid, most individuals note how many operational hours the system has. Fluid changes should be performed at the manufacturer’s specified intervals when the system is utilised less often. Regular hydraulic fluid changes guarantee that the fluid is in good condition.

Do Not Run The System Without Fluid

This should go without saying, but some individuals neglect to check the fluid levels and are astonished when the system overheats and malfunctions due to a lack of fluid in the reservoir. When systems are run without fluid, components might seize, resulting in costly repairs.

Do Not Run The System If There Are Fluid Leaks

Fluid leaks are bad because they can disrupt operations and bring pollutants into the system. Leaks should be repaired as quickly as feasible.

Don’t Neglect Preventative Maintenance

Take the time to do system checks before turning on the system and undertake regular preventative maintenance. These actions can aid in detecting problems before they cause major operational concerns.

Do Not Just Add Additional Fluid To The Fluid Reservoir

New fluid is never completely clean. A filling filter filters out pollutants while adding fluid to the system. Furthermore, if you need to add extra fluid, use a clean filling filter.

Don’t Run The System On Continuous Filter Bypass

Some hydraulic systems offer the option to bypass filters. When the system is in bypass mode, the fluid is not filtered. As a result, the dangers of fluid contamination grow.

Learn more by contacting us today.

Mobile Hydraulic Specialties Pty Ltd

Factory 89, 38-40 Popes Road
Keysborough, Victoria, 3173

Phone: (03) 9798-6511

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Mobile Hydraulic Specialties Pty Ltd

Phone: (03) 9798-6511
Address: Factory 89, 38-40 Popes Road, Keysborough, Victoria, 3173