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The Case For Leaving Hydraulic Repair To The Professionals

by Saira Tanis

In many cases, making repairs on your own is a good way to save money and familiarize yourself with your equipment. However, the first rule of any do-it-yourselfer should be: know your limits. In the case of hydraulic repair, you can hurt yourself and/or damage your equipment by trying to make repairs that you are not qualified to make. Knowing what the risks are will help you to make the right choice.

Hydraulic Injection

Hydraulic fluid is under pressure within the system. It is the pressure in the hydraulic fluid that allows a backhoe, for example, to lift tons of weight. If this pressure can lift a two ton boulder, you have to respect it. For example, even a needle-sized stream of hydraulic fluid can escape a leaky hose or seal with enough pressure to puncture the skin. When the fluid first gets under your skin, it may seem innocuous enough, but if not death with quickly and appropriately, it can lead to loss of limb or even death. There is a proper way to relieve pressure, which typically requires specialized equipment and training. 

Loaded Equipment

Equipment may breakdown while it is still carrying a load. If you begin disassembling your equipment while it is still carrying a load, you may cause a loaded bucket to fall which can damage anyone or anything under the bucket. It can also cause damage to the bucket itself. 

Shooting Pistons

A hydraulic system raises a load by forcing more fluid into the chamber behind a hydraulic piston. It then pumps oils out of the chamber to lower a load. Even when there is no load on the system, the fluid behind it can have enough pressure to shoot the piston out of the chamber when the seals are removed. When the piston shoots out, it can damage the piston itself, other equipment, or anyone and anything that gets in its way. Once your piston is damaged, you have to deal with a much larger repair than you otherwise would. 

The above examples should be enough to demonstrate how dangerous it can be to work on a piece of hydraulic equipment. If you don't have the proper tools or training, you can easily get yourself in over your head. Thus, even if you are worried about losing time or money, you should leave the work to the professionals. It will be the safest course in the long run. To learn more about hydraulic repair, contact a company like Certified Products Co