The Importance of Immediately Repairing Leaky Hydraulic Hoses

The Importance of Immediately Repairing Leaky Hydraulic Hoses

leaky-hose-repairThe function of hydraulic hoses is to carry pressurized fluids. These fluids are essential to the ability of an engine to operate as it should. If a hydraulic hose springs a leak, it is important that the leak be found right away and for the problem to get fixed as soon as possible. Hydraulic hose services are available at LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River seven days a week to meet the needs of our customers here in Southeastern Massachusetts. In an industrial setting, broken hydraulic hoses can mean that work comes to a standstill, so we understand that a quick repair is usually required.

Identify the Source
The first thing you need to do with regard to repairing hydraulic hoses is to quickly identify the source of the leak. There are a lot of points in the hoses that aren’t readily visible, so it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. When hoses cross over each other and are wound around tight spaces and corners, there can be a lot of blind spots. So when you see fluid in one area, it might actually be coming from another location and the fluid is just traveling along a different hose or part of the hose.

One method that works well is to clean and dry the area where you think the leak has occurred. Once the area has been effectively cleaned, you should pressurize the system and check the area closely to see where the fluid is coming from during the test. Make sure to wear safety goggles and other safety equipment, as hot and high pressured hydraulic fluid can cause a bad burn on your skin. Don’t ever feel around for the leak with your bare hands. Once you are able to identify and confirm the leak, you can then make plans to fix it.

Safety First
The next phase of the process in performing hydraulic hose services and repairs is to depressurize the system. LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River specializes in hydraulic hoses and services. They are an essential part of any vehicle or equipment system and must be repaired right away. Before any repairs can be made, the pumps must be discharged and the accumulator must be shut down to ensure that the fluid doesn’t spray out at the technician.

We offer our hydraulic hose services seven days a week and only use the Gates brand, which has been an industry leader since 1911. We also use MegaCrimp couplings that have been proven to offer 500 percent better corrosion resistance.

Make the Repairs
When the location and type of failure is identified in the first stage, you can start preparing for what needs to be done to repair your hydraulic hoses. If there is simply a lose hose nut, it can be tightened and tested by re-pressurizing the system to see if the issue has been fixed. If there is still a leak, the hydraulic hoses may need to be replaced. Hoses that have cracks in them or that look worn out cannot be repaired. Hydraulic hoses that are in this condition must be replaced.

If you don’t feel comfortable making the repairs yourself, contact LaCava Brothers and we can take care of the issue for you. The replacement of hydraulic hoses can be dangerous and complex. It requires the right tools, knowledge of how hydraulic hose services work and quick hands to get the repair done quickly. The hose clamps must be removed and the hose nuts should be unscrewed. The hose should be plugged with a hydraulic plug and the fitting should be capped off.

New hoses must be checked to ensure they don’t have any dust, debris or dirt inside of them, as they can cause problems inside of the hydraulic system. Hoses that are blocked or dirty should be cleaned with compressed air. Hoses should also not be bent or twisted, as this can lead to repair issues again in the future. Hydraulic hoses also should not rub against any other components in the engine. Leaking hoses can be very serious, so it is important to purchase high quality products and make repairs as soon as possible.

Contact LaCava Brothers
If you are in need of hydraulic hoses or require hydraulic hose services, contact LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River. Our team is available seven days a week to help you with hydraulic hose leaks and installations. Call us at 508-676-1951 or stop by our Bedford Street location in Fall River, Massachusetts. For over 70 years, LaCava Brothers has provided top quality auto supplies and services to customers throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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