Understanding The Different Types Of Cylinder Damage

Despite the fact manufacturing companies all stay committed to ensuring that they manufacture the best hydraulic cylinders, these cylinders are still prone to damage, and this is mostly due to many factors. Some of the most common causes of these damages are overloading, oil contamination, and sideload. However, it’s important to note that by hiring a repair company for your cylinder repair , you can easily get your hydraulic cylinders repaired quickly.

Before we continue with the different types of cylinder damage, it’s important to know the different signs to look out for. Basically, one of the first side and usually the most common sign is oil leakage. If you notice this, it’s an indication that your filter needs to be repaired. Another indication is if the oil in the system or the pump is dirty. Basically, if you notice any of these signs, you’ll need to act as fast as possible to avoid further damage. You’ll also need to know how to properly maintain your hydraulic cylinder so that you can extend its life and prevent future damage.

With that said, we can now proceed with the different types of cylinder damages that you should know. These cylinder damages include the following:

- Seal wear: This is a common cylinder issue that people face, but it’s easy to resolve. To solve the issue, you’ll need to install a new repair kit. Whenever you disassemble your cylinder, it’s advisable to always replace every seal, to avoid this issue from occurring.

- Scores and scratches: Another issue that you’re likely to deal with is scores and scratches, and it’s damage that you’ll clearly see on the cylinder bore. Sometimes, you’ll notice the scores and scratches also on the plunger rod. The main cause of the issue is mostly a result of dirty oil. In some cases, it may be a result of sideload on the cylinder.

- Base deformation: The base of the cylinder can be inflated or deformed. In some cases, it can burst because of overload on the cylinder. However, you can easily avoid this type of issue by adhering to the 80% rule. Basically, the 80% rule helps to ensure that the cylinder is within the limit of its rated stroke and capacity.

- Plunger mushrooming: The standard saddle of the cylinder is usually hardened, and in some cases, you’ll find operators that remove this component. They do this in cases when the cylinder and the saddle don’t properly fit into a tight space. The result of this strategy is that it causes the load to be directly on the plunger. However, mushrooming restricts the plunger, thereby preventing it from retracting. With that, there’ll be a need to machine or dismantle the system due to the permanent deformation that may have been caused.

These are the main types of cylinder damage that you should know. In addition to these damages, you might be wondering if the type of cylinder components that you can completely replace rather than repair. The good thing is that most of the cylinder components can be easily replaced. However, in a practical setting, the common items that are replaced are the wear bands and the seals, but this also mostly depends on the cause of the cylinder damage. Also, there’s also the possibility of replacing the stop ring and plunger. All these are the key components of the cylinder that can be replaced conveniently.

Determining whether to replace or repair the hydraulic cylinder is a decision that mostly depends on the severity of the damage to the cylinder. It’s important to consider the severity of the damage before making a decision.

-- MdAbdusSamad - 10 Nov 2022
Topic revision: r1 - 10 Nov 2022, MdAbdusSamad
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