Many things can go wrong with a hydraulic motor and assembly. This is especially true if you don't take the time to perform routine maintenance checks. But if you do nothing else, you should at least pay attention to your hoses. They can represent a source of numerous problems, yet they can easily go overlooked. That's because you may think you have bigger problems going on than a simple abraded hose.
Start With the Right Hoses
Right out of the gate, one of the best ways to deal with possible hose problems is by starting with the right hoses to begin with. Many people make the mistake of choosing the wrong kind of hose for their hydraulic system.
You need to know your operational parameters. This will determine the types of hoses you need. Keep in mind, that there's no one type of hose that works for all systems, industries, or parameters. You need to figure out what you need from the hose. One way to do that is to use the STAMP method.
The same rules apply for choosing the fittings for your hoses. They're equally as important to the operation as the hoses are. You should practice as much care choosing the right fittings as you should for choosing the right hoses.
Maintenance and Visual Inspection
Hoses will fail eventually. However, keeping them working for you as long as possible is always a good goal. Additionally, taking care of your hoses will certainly alert to you other possible issues.
The simplest form of maintenance is actually achieved by using your hydraulic system correctly. If you chose the right hoses, then you won't have to worry as much about strained, contaminated, or damaged hoses. Just make sure you're operating within or below the parameters you chose for the hoses.
Beyond that, a visual inspection can show you what type of condition your hoses are in. Make sure to look out for the following:
Really, anything other than a smooth, unworn exterior is a cause for you to replace the hose. Keep that in mind. Don't continue to use a hose that fails a visual check. Change it immediately. If you find yourself changing hoses frequently, then you need to go back to the beginning and figure out if you're using the right hoses. If you are, then further troubleshooting of your hydraulic system is required.
Some people spend a lot of time constantly checking and replacing hoses. If there's a problem that's causing your hoses to fail, then you need to have a professional look at your hydraulic motor, pump, or cylinder assembly. For more information, visit this weblink or a similar one.