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Use A Hydraulic Pump? How To Keep It In Good Condition

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A hydraulic pump is used to convert mechanical power to hydraulic energy, such as pressure, flow, and hydrostatic energy. For example, a hydraulic pump can push large amounts of oil through a hydraulic motor. If you use a hydraulic pump in your business, there is preventative maintenance you can do to keep it in good condition for you. This will not only save you a lot of time from having a pump that is not working, but will also save you money because you will not have to purchase a new hydraulic pump.

Check Oil Fluid Level

You should make sure the oil fluid levels are correct. What this level is depends on the type of hydraulic pump you have. You can find this information in the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer. In most cases, there will be a sight glass on the side of the hydraulic tank where you can see the level. If your tank does not have this, you may have to use a dip stick. The owner's manual will also tell you what the fluid level should be.

A good time to do this is at the start of each day when the fluid is cool. This is because the hydraulic fluid will expand as it heats up.

Change Oil Fluid

Just like in a car, you need to change the oil fluid periodically. To do this drain the fluid, flush the pump, and then refill it with new fluid. The owner's manual will give you instructions on how to do this, as well as what type of oil you need to use. You can also tell yourself when it needs to be changed as the fluid will start to look dirty. When changing the oil, you should also change the filter. This is important, because if the filter is dirty, contaminants will enter the hydraulic pump as oil flows through the filter.

Clean the Pump

Another part of the maintenance is cleaning the pump to ensure it works well for you. Clean any dirt or grime off all hose connections, and remove dirt and grime from the outer surface of the pump. When you change the oil, this is a good time to clean the interior of the oil reservoir. To do this, use a lint free rag and remove all oil deposits and sludge.  

If you notice any problems with your pump, such as hearing weird sounds, have it repaired immediately before the problem becomes much worse.

For more information, contact professionals like Certified Products Co.