Hydraulic hose pipes are an integral part of hydraulic systems. They are, of course, pretty durable due to the jobs they’re needed for. But as with any piece of equipment, wear and tear over time can cause damage.
To keep your machinery in the best working condition, it’s hugely beneficial to have it serviced regularly by a professional company. This is a service that MCH Hydraulics offer to our customers in the Derbyshire area, giving you peace of mind that your machinery is in the best working condition.
Tips For Safely Fixing A Hydraulic Hose Leak
Of course, if you’re faced with a problem with your hydraulic machine in the short-term, such as a hydraulic hose leak, you’ll need to repair it to avoid downtime.
Here are our top tips:
1. Find The Source Of The Leak
Although you may know one of your hydraulic hoses is damaged and leaking, you may not be able to easily see where the problem is. To help, firstly clean and dry your machine around the area where you think the leak may be. Next, make sure to wear safety goggles and pressurize the system. Watch closely to isolate where the fluid is coming from.
2. Identify The Correct Type Of Hose
Once you have identified where the leak is coming from, you can identify the correct type of hose needed to replace or repair it. It’s likely that the hose is cut to a custom length and you will need to add in a shorter assembly to make up for what is cut away during the repair.
You must ensure that you use the correct type of hose in your repair as it is very dangerous to use an incorrect hose, even in the short-term. We are happy to advise on this if you are unsure.
3. Depressurise The Machine
Before you begin any type of repair, make sure that your machine is depressurised. Discharge the pumps and turn off the machine.
4. Remove The Broken Part Of The Hose
You can now move on to removing the broken section of the hose. Cut off the damaged end and remove it, making sure to clean the area around it of any dirt or grime as this could get into the hydraulic fluid and damage the machine.
5. Use An Adapter
A hydraulic adapter will be required to complete the repair and it’s advisable to have a kit with a variety of adapters. You can then install the adapters if you need to into the appropriate ports. Make sure a solid connection has been made.
Make sure that the adapters are tightened correctly. Too tight or too loose could have an adverse impact on the system. Again, if you are unsure how much pressure to apply, please contact us for advice.
6. Check The Length Is Correct
You can now place the hose assembly into position and check it is the correct length. It is better to have too much hose than too little, but ideally, it should be the correct length to allow proper routing as specified by NAHAD and manufacturer guidelines.
7. Confirm A Proper Seal
Thread the end of the hose assembly onto or into the opposite port, ensuring that a seal is created. If a proper seal is not created, this can cause issues with the system. Make sure it is secure by using a wrench, but not too tight.
8. Operate The Machine At Low Pressure To Test The Repair
Lastly, turn on the machine and circulate hydraulic fluid at low pressure to check your repair. Run this for a few minutes, checking for any presence of a leak.
We recommended that you have a professional inspect your work and to avoid future issues. It’s worth putting your hydraulic system through regular service and maintenance to minimise repairs. Contact us for details.