How Can I Maintain My Final Drive?
To maintain your final drive, routinely changing your oil, lubricants, and replacing parts are must-dos. If you notice increased vibration or noise while operating your equipment, it may be a sign that your equipment isn’t functioning properly. Basic maintenance means a long service life. Plus, with frequent inspections of the equipment undercarriage, you’ll cut down on expenses and downtime by catching issues before they become larger problems. But what about when final drives reach the end of their product lifespan?
Issues with Motors and Transmission Can Cause Internal Problems
Sometimes a worn final drive indicates a more significant problem. Motor and transmission troubles affect the entire machine. Operators should know that if one side’s final drive breaks down, it is very likely that the other side is also experiencing issues that may cause it to break within the next six months as well. When this is the case, repairing a final drive will not save your equipment from other issues. Several underlying problems could contribute to excessive and premature wear on your equipment’s final drive.
- The main bearings failing could lead to the final drive failing as well.
- A clogged drain filter could be the culprit. When your machine can’t filter debris properly, fluid pressure builds and can damage other parts.
- A transmission that isn’t properly functioning can cause the gear oil to overheat. This excess heat can damage final drives.
- A charge pump could be to blame. A weak charge pump can’t release the brake plates, putting stress on the final drive.
- Leaky seals reduce your oil supply. Not having enough oil creates friction, causing damage.
To be safe, consult a trained equipment technician to troubleshoot the issue. This way, you won’t waste time and money fixing the wrong parts.
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