Many operators know the importance of maintaining the integrity of their digger tracks, baskets, and chains. But there’s another aspect in the maintenance of your machine that should be considered and valued more than the wear and tear of these replaceable accessories.
Today we’ll be going over some tips and important maintenance methods you should be used to help extend the life of your earthmoving machine. So you can keep moving and finish your projects without delay.
Replace Filters at Recommended Intervals
The first basic tip that is followed for most machinery and vehicles is the replacement of engine oil and filters. While regular engine oils need to be replaced after 250 hours of operation it’s also going to be worth your time to replace all other filters at this same stage.
Many mechanics are unaware that when they change the oil and filters of your machine, they should also be checking the coolant filters and crankcase breathers to ensure that they too are working at their highest capacity. This can save time when your earthmover is out of operation and will become an easy way to keep on top of the hours of operation for each of these elements.
Service the Cooling System
Most of the modern and high-performance earthmovers that are seen now-a-days feature diesel engines. The cooling system in these diesel engines require a specific coolant fluid. While these fluids are usually more efficient at building up a protective coating across the entirety of your engine’s cooling system, if this coating is missing or hasn’t fully coated the cooling system it can increase the chance of erosion.
The erosion will start from the outer surface of your machine’s cylinder liner wall, this can cause pinholes throughout the entire liner wall. If this lack of coolant coating, then encounters antifreeze it can dilute the engine oil and later cause an entire fault in your machine.
Check the Air Cleaner Daily
Your earthmoving operators should ideally be checking the air cleaner indicator daily. If your operators aren’t doing this on a daily basis, they run the risk of the turbocharger sucking air out of the crankcase. Or the engine fuel injector trying to compensate for this lack of air by increasing the fuel injection rate, which will cause the engine to overheat, which isn’t a good sign.
Hydraulic System Maintenance
Hydraulic systems found in most modern earthmoving machines are self-contained, requiring less maintenance than older models. While they do require less work this doesn’t mean that you should forego regular check-ups.
Replacing the hydraulic fluid and filters at the recommended time periods is the best method you can follow to prevent any lasting damage or wear to your machine. Some operators even take regular oil samples to determine the state of your hydraulic system.
It’s also important that you use the correct fluid for your hydraulic system, one recommended by your machine’s manufacturer is going to be the best option to adhere to. If you use a hydraulic fluid with a low level of viscosity, it’ll cause a large increase of internal wear and cause your engine to overheat which in turn will harden and destroy seals and hydraulic hoses. By not following the guidelines of the manufacturer it can lead to an increased level of leaks and mean that your machine will lose efficiency.
If you want to ensure the best functional use of your earthmover or need to buy new accessories to ensure the decreased impact of wear and tear on your machine, contact our friendly team at Mainline Track. We offer a large range of durable and heavy-duty earthmoving accessories to last your machine a lifetime. Browse our range online or visit us in-store today.