Steps to Reduce Failure of Hydraulic Hoses

Hydraulic hoses are the lifeline of most heavy equipment and machinery. It is a commonly understood that hydraulic hoses break down, eventually. But, by following a few standard practices, you can extend the life of your hydraulic hose and keep your machinery up and running longer.

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Four common causes of a hydraulic hose failure:

  • Contaminated oil in the hydraulic system
  • Excessive temperature
  • Site damage
  • Wear and tear

The life of a hydraulic hose is measured by the number of times the system cycles, plus its age or the length of service time of the machinery with which it operates. To reduce the amount of downtime due to hose failure, here are six simple steps that you should follow:

  • Examine the exposed hoses on equipment regularly – You can easily identify any external damage or cuts to the outer cover by regularly inspecting your equipment. If you detect any damage, replace these hoses and assess the possibility of adding a protective metal sleeve to the hose assembly before the equipment goes back into service. This preventive maintenance is cheaper than an unexpected hose failure on-site.
  • Reduce breakdowns caused by wear and tear– Inspect the hose assemblies during routine maintenance. Look for hoses that are rubbing in their clamps, for any dampness behind the ferrule, oxidization of the hydraulic fittings, any cracks on the outer cover, or exposed wire reinforcement.
  • Reduce contamination in the system – You can reduce contamination by changing the oil and filters as needed, and by keeping the hydraulic system, including the pipe fittings, tube fittings, and other equipment or accessories, clean.
  • Work with an expert – An expert in hydraulic systems understands that cutting a hydraulic hose using metal blades generates a significant amount of heat, which causes rubber dust and metal particles to stick to a hose tube upon cooling. An expert knows the best methods to use to prevent or reduce contamination in your hydraulic system.
  • Ensure the temperature of the fluid is within specifications of the hose – when the hose is exposed to temperatures beyond its specified rating the elasticity of the hose is reduced resulting in a hardening of the hose. Flexing the hose to see if cracks are created when it is at room temperature provides an indication of problems from overheating.

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Seaway Fluid Power (SFP), was established in 1976. Based in St. Catherines, Ontario, SFPG provides its customers with quality fluid power products and services. SFPG carries an extensive parts inventory of fluid power products such as hydraulics, pneumatics, hose and fittings, stainless steel fittings, instrumentation and compressed air.

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