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Because your skid steer loader is such a versatile machine, it is critical that it is always working properly. One of the best ways to make sure it stays in tip-top shape is by paying close attention to when your skid steer hydraulic motors need servicing. Below are 5 signs that you should look out for that will tell you when your skid steer loader hydraulic motors need servicing.

5 Signs Your Skid Steer Moto Needs Repair

1. Leaks

Any time your Bobcat skid steer loader is leaking, there is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed. If you have a leak of hydraulic motor fluid, that is an indication that there may be trouble with either the seals or the bearings. In addition to allowing essential fluids to escape, leaks can also let damaging contaminants inside like sand or grit. These factors together can do a lot of damage quickly to the seals and bearings. If these parts fail, it can result in an expensive total hydraulic motor replacement, so it is imperative that you address leaks immediately. Be sure to make checking for leaks part of your regular Bobcat maintenance.

2. Loud Noises or Vibrations

If you use your Bobcat machine skid steer loader regularly, you know what it should sound and feel like. If it starts making new loud noises or starts vibrating, that can be an indication that your bearings may be worn out. Your hydraulic motor can be seriously damaged by worn out bearings. If you let this problem go, the hydraulic motor will need to be replaced because the damage is irreparable.

3. Drive Motor Won’t Turn

This one doesn’t always point to a problem with the hydraulic motor. If the drive motor won’t turn, first make sure the brake is releasing and that hydraulic fluid is making its way to the drive. If that is happening, then it may be time to replace your hydraulic motor. However, if the problem seems to be that your wheels aren’t turning, then it likely is not your hydraulic motor and maybe a damaged driveshaft or chain instead.

4. Skid Steer Loader Isn’t as Powerful

This problem too may not be directly related to the hydraulic motor, but it could be. If you notice that your skid steer loader can’t make it up hills the way it used to, or it is having trouble carrying loads that are perfectly within its lift range, it is worth checking the pressure at the hydraulic motor.

5. Skid Steer Loader Drifts To One Side

If your skid steer loader seems to steer to one side, that means one of your hydraulic motors is lacking power. The motor with the problem is on the same side that the skid steer is veering.
Perform all recommended maintenance on your Bobcat machine to avoid costly repairs. If you do experience any of these issues, do not let them go as it can result in more expensive repairs later.