Issues to Monitor for Hydraulic Seals

If you want optimal performance out of your hydraulic seals so that your cylinders work as well as they can, then you need to know why these parts fail. Then you can put in actions to guard against these issues. Read on to learn more.

Contact with Corrosive Liquids

There are things that can be applied to hydraulic seals to make them last longer and function better, but corrosive liquids aren't these types of substances. If anything corrosive were to get on your hydraulic seals, they're probably going to start breaking down and then cause hydraulic cylinder performance issues.

You can deal with this by ensuring no corrosive substances are applied to the seals. For example, if you use cleaning products, make sure they only have properties that will keep hydraulic seals in top shape and functioning without excessive friction.

Careless Installation

There are times when hydraulic seals aren't set up properly. It usually happens when someone is careless. They may not have taken the setup as seriously as they should or were just in a hurry to get replacement seals set up to continue relying on hydraulic equipment.

You can't be hasty when getting hydraulic seals in place because that's how alignment issues could happen. Even if the placement is off in a minor way, you may not see the best performance out of the hydraulic equipment if it requires seals to function properly. Don't rush this setup process and verify that you've made a proper seal selection.

Long Cracks

Some hydraulic seals are put under so much stress or just are so old that they develop long cracks. That's not going to be good for the performance of your hydraulic equipment. If you keep a regular inspection schedule going for hydraulic seals, you can intervene before cracks develop and get really large.

You may take the seals off periodically to inspect and clean them. When you do, look to see if any cracks have developed. If they have and they're not that large yet, you may be able to have them repaired instead of having to replace them. It's all about timing and the operating conditions for the hydraulic seals.

You can experience a couple of different issues with hydraulic seals, even ones that are pretty new. If you know what problems look like and know how to respond before you're left with more difficult issues, then your hydraulic seals are going to have longevity.