It’s pouring in eastern Australia at the moment. Which is good news. When the sun comes out and the water recedes there will be lots of work to be done.
But wet weather plays havoc with earthmoving equipment.
Here are some maintenance tips for operators, mechanics and maintenance personnel
Condensation will increase so make sure fuel tanks are full and the condensate is drained from the tank drain bung and fuel water trap
The hydraulic tank also has a condensate drain bung
Breathers can get clogged with mud check them all
Drain your air tanks
If diffs have been immersed in water it may have contaminated the oil
Get rid of those rock guards that dump truck manufactures insist on placing over the disk brake assembly’s. They make a good barbie plate or crab pot anchor. They trap mud and rocks around your disc pads.
Loosen your track chains while it’s muddy as the mud build up over tightens the chain
Check your air filters as they can be clogged with mud from moisture drawn into a dirty filter
Clean your radiator fins as mud sticks
Sensors – wiring – plugs – computers fail from condensate ingress
Dirt build up around plugs and in looms traps moisture, which evaporates during operation and causes condensation ingress into your electrical connections and components.
Wash your machine down regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to apply high pressure water directly onto the plug connections. Use compressed air in these areas
Check under the cab floor mats regularly for moisture and repair any leaks found.
Give your machine a thorough greasing
Some operators run their tyres filled with water for buoyancy. Fill the tyre completely with water by welding a tube to the valve fill connection that reaches to the top of the tyre cavity. This will allow all the air out and the tyre can be run at a lower pressure. If you fill to the valve height only and top with air you will sink
Finally don’t get bogged or you may end up having to shout the beers come Friday
Mechtronik does not sell machinery We are an independent heavy equipment pre-purchase inspection and repair service. So if you are buying or selling heavy equipment in Australia have it inspected by a MECHTRONIK specialist
CEO David Armstrong can be contacted on +61 0409641195 for Heavy Equipment assistance and inspections