Hydraulic hoses are the ‘work-horse’ of heavy machinery in a range of industries. From time to time, engineers, manufacturing and agricultural workers may need to deal with a failed hydraulic hose. The problem need not be as dramatic as a burst hose; a subtle leakage of fluid may be the only indicator. If you need to undertake a hydraulic hose replacement, this step-by-step approach from Paca Industrial will keep you safe and save time and money.
Key Steps for Safe Replacement of Your Hydraulic Hose
- Switch off the machinery and carefully isolate the problem hose. Your safety is the priority throughout this process. The pressurised fluids within the hose can cause fluid injection and other parts of the machinery could move unexpectedly. Do not use your hand or body parts to feel for leaks and wear Personal Protective Equipment.
- To isolate the problem hose, other components may need to be removed to provide access. A sketched diagram is helpful to record the hose routing and locations of adjacent parts.
- Before attempting disconnection of the hose, ensure that it is not connected to a machinery part that has a live load. If weight is being born, pressurised fluid may blow out when you disconnect the hose. Heavy parts overhead also can suddenly fall so ensure these are either lowered or rigged up before proceeding.
- You are now ready to uncouple your hose. Two wrenches are likely needed to disconnect the hose by loosening the couplings at their threaded connection. Pull off the hose when the ends are unfastened. A bucket may be needed to collect draining oil or fluid.
- The exposed connections should be covered to prevent debris and contaminants entering the system.
- The affected hose can now be taken to a reputable supplier to have a replacement ordered or made. Look for a specialist supplier of hydraulic hoses, hose couplings, and hose accessories. Before purchase the supplier will ensure your hose is thoroughly cleaned and free of debris and contaminants. The hose should be supplied with the ends capped.
- Thoroughly clean the machinery parts that will connect to the hose to avoid dirt or contaminants entering the hydraulic system. Route your new hose while still capped and check the mating connections will meet adequately.
- You are now ready to connect your hose. Remember to connect any adjacent parts that you may have moved to undertake your replacement. Once the equipment is properly connected, check your fluid levels and bleed your hydraulic system for trapped air.
These straightforward steps should enable a competent machinery user to replace a failed hose. It is important to pay attention to health and safety and manufacturers guidance when handling the affected equipment. A hydraulic hose retailer or supplier will be able to provide advice and guidance if you have any queries over how to undertake your repair.
Now is the perfect time to consider the expert services of Paca Industrial. For more information, please our website at www.paca.ca or call 1-877-998-6446 to speak to one of our sales representatives.