What to Do When Hydraulic Cylinders Chatter or Squeal

The Hydraulic Troubleshooting HandbookHere’s the scene for an unusual but instructive hydraulic troubleshooting story:

The end of the month was just a few days away when an OEM customer called and advised its hydraulic cylinder manufacturer that the boom extension cylinder on a rough terrain forklift was SQUEALING. This single-stage cylinder was 6″ bore x 3″ rod x 14′ stroke. The OEM was … Read more

Something Else to Consider When Storing Hydraulic Cylinders

BentRodIn my previous post, I discussed the procedure I use when preparing hydraulic cylinders for storage. In response, one of our members posed this question:

“One issue I feel you left out of the cylinder storage issue is the orientation question. How should a hydraulic cylinder be orientated for short term or long term storage? Our company repairs and evaluates Read more

How To Prepare a Spare Hydraulic Cylinder for Storage

hydraulic cylinder failureA question I get asked a lot by equipment owners, is the procedure for storing spare hydraulic cylinders for an extended period. So here’s what I recommend:

–Always store fully retracted.
–Store indoors in a clean, dry area.
–Smear the internal surfaces of eye/clevis bushes or bearings with grease – particularly if they’re steel.
–Protect any exposed chrome on the … Read more