Troubleshooting Problems In A Telescoping Hydraulic Cylinder

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In any application where hydraulic cylinders are in use, there are potential issues which may develop over time. If detected early, it is often possible to correct the problem and continue to use the hydraulic cylinder.

In other cases, or if the cylinder is significantly damaged, ordering a replacement cylinder and simply putting in a new cylinder custom designed to the specific application is the most cost and time-effective option.

When faced with a problem in a telescoping hydraulic cylinder, consider the following possible issues and then determine if a replacement is the best option.

Incorrect Choice of a Cylinder

The design of a telescoping hydraulic cylinder has the larger and more robust stages at the bottom and the smaller telescopic stages near the top. Incorrect calculation of the design of the cylinder can lead to bending of the rod and failure of the cylinder.
When custom ordering a telescoping hydraulic cylinder, it is critical to choose a cylinder manufacturer with a top reputation in designing and manufacturing these custom order cylinders.

Incorrect or Contaminated Hydraulic Fluid

Problems with the seals on the cylinder are often caused by small particles of metal or other abrasive materials that are suspended in old hydraulic fluid. In some cases, the problems with the seal may even allow additional dirt and debris in as the rod extends and retracts, further adding to the damage.

It is vital to not only use the correct type of hydraulic fluid for any type cylinder but to check the fluid regularly for any signs of contamination. Fluid should also be checked for entrained air bubbles, which can lead to damage by allowing heat to build up in the fluid or in adding to the through the hydraulic system.

While it may be possible to rebuild any type of hydraulic cylinder, it may be just as fast to replace the cylinder. This allows you to customize the hydraulic cylinder for the lift and load requirements, which also ensures the ideal match for the equipment or system.