Is Your Hydraulic System Overheating? 3 Possible Explanations

Hydraulic systems are responsible for generating the energy that heavy construction equipment needs to perform properly. Any problems with the hydraulic system could spell disaster, so it's important that you are monitoring the health of your hydraulic systems at all times.

Overheating is a problem that can plague a hydraulic system. Finding the cause of the overheating and making the necessary repairs will help prevent a catastrophic (and costly) system failure in the future.

1. System Imbalances

It's not uncommon to make adjustments to the individual components within a hydraulic system in an attempt to maximize the energy output produced by the system as a whole. Unfortunately, some of these adjustments can cause the hydraulic system to become unbalanced.

One of the common adjustment mistakes that can lead to overheating is changing the settings on the pump compensator without also adjusting the settings on the pressure relief valve.

The pump compensator and pressure relief valve must be kept in balance with one another or excess heat will be funneled back into the hydraulic system, causing the system to overheat. An experienced hydraulic shop can make adjustments properly so that you can maximize performance without the risk of causing overheating.

2. Mismatched Upgrades

Upgrading certain components within a hydraulic system might seem like a good idea, but the wrong upgrades can wreak havoc on the health of the hydraulic system as a whole. Any upgraded parts that you install need to be compatible with your entire hydraulic system.

You can't install an upgraded flow pump without also installing upgraded hoses and piping that are equipped to handle the increased energy output generated by the upgraded flow pump.

All upgrades should be completed by a hydraulic shop to ensure that the replacement of a single component doesn't create overheating within the hydraulic system over time.

3. Worn Components

The components within your hydraulic system need to be meticulously maintained if you want the system to perform at optimal levels.

Parts that become worn or damaged can contribute to overheating by increasing the amount of debris within the hydraulic system. A buildup of debris can gel up the fluids that help cool the hydraulic system during operation, resulting in serious overheating that might damage the remaining components within the system.

Work with a reputable hydraulic shop to establish a maintenance schedule that will keep your heavy equipment running safely and efficiently in the future. Visit a site like to learn more.

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