Though hydraulic hoses are commonly found in vehicles, equipment, and industrial machines – and though they’re typically reliable – every hose will break eventually with enough use. It’s best to contact a certified professional for maintenance checks and repairs.
How To Repair Hydraulic Hose? – Step By Step
If you find yourself in a bind, don’t fear–you can do an on-site repair until a professional can help. Attaching a hydraulic hose may sound complicated, but it’s not too difficult once you break the process into six manageable steps.
1. Identify The Correct Hose
Most heavy machinery can complete many tasks, like lifting, pushing, or pulling. Depending on the function being performed, different levels of pressure are necessary. Therefore, many devices require other hoses with various minimum pressures depending on the machine’s intended use. To repair a hose, you must always know which specifications the hose meets. In many cases, the tubing is made to match a specific length. Thus, when repairing it, you will need to insert a shorter assembly to cut away what was damaged during the repair process.
2. Remove The Damaged Area
After you have completed Step 1, proceed to cut out the damaged area of the tubing. If the only issue is that the coupling at the end of your hose is leaking, then cut off the broken back. Make sure to clean thoroughly around the newly cut ends of the hose; this means getting rid of any dust, dirt, or other contaminants as they could potentially contaminate the hydraulic fluid.
3. Use An Adapter to Complete The Installation
A hydraulic adapter may be necessary to install a repaired hose. Carrying a kit with multiple adapters is an excellent solution if you need specific coupling. Install the adapters as required and ensure each one is properly secured in its port.
4. Confirm The Correct Length
After that, correctly position the hose assembly, so it isn’t stretched too much or subject to additional pressure and fatigue. Even though it’s better to have more than extra tubing, ensure you measure before starting this project.
Hoses that are too short put additional pressure on hydraulic systems, which is dangerous and can lead to costly failures. Once you have the correct length, ensure the hose is routed correctly. This allows for optimal flow and prevents damage to the system. Many devices use angled fittings to route their hoses more effectively.
5. Ensure A Proper Seal
Take the end of the tubing and attach it to the other opening, ensuring a proper seal. There mustn’t be any gaps or imperfections in the seal because it can cause issues with the hydraulic system. Before continuing, check for leaks around the seal. Make sure the seal is secure without making it too tight. While attaching the hose, never twist or tighten it. With a wrench, carefully pull the fitting without overtightening the gasket.
6. Circulate Fluid at Low Pressure To Check For Leaks
Lastly, start the hydraulic system and run the oil or hydraulic fluid through it at low pressure. This allows you to identify any potential leaks and damaged connections more easily. Flushing out the remaining air is also necessary for performance because too much air in the system can damage pumps and other sensitive components.
Contact Custom Hose Tech for Hydraulic Hose Repair
To Contact Custom Hose Tech, please call us at (952) 888-5580, or you can visit our office at 9323 Garfield Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55420.