Hydraulics Troubleshooting: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

big question markIn The Hydraulic Troubleshooting Handbook I define and explain 12 principles for troubleshooting anything successfully. And I use examples from various fields of endeavor, in addition to hydraulics, including medicine and IT.

Troubleshooting Principle #5 is: Never Take Anyone Else’s Word For It. And I observed a good example of the application of this principle recently when, after moving … Read more

What to Do When a Hydraulic Pump Fails

axial piston pump failureAs every hydraulics user who’s been around for a while knows, hydraulic component manufacturers are notorious for the smoke and mirrors they use to deny warranty claims.

Now, this is NOT to say all warranty claims are legitimate. In fact, it’s very safe to say they’re not. But when a hydraulic component fails prematurely, what IS needed is accurate information, … Read more

My Silver Bullet for Hydraulics Troubleshooting

ts-appshortI get a lot of questions about troubleshooting hydraulic problems. This one showed up the other day:

“What is the most effective and efficient method to diagnose internal leakage on a hydraulic machine – without the aid of diagnostic tools, such as pressure gauges and flow meters.”

It’s not a bad question. But upon deeper analysis it smacks of ‘silver-bullet’ … Read more