A Bobcat Skid Steer Loader is a powerful piece of equipment. On top of that, it is very versatile. It can handle a variety of jobs year-round. Whether you are moving materials on a landscaping project or plowing snow in the winter, your skid steer loader is sure to get a lot of work. But with that extra work, means general wear and tear. And if you get a secondhand used skid steer loader you need to be especially aware of maintenance tasks and repairs. Here are some common issues with drive motors you need to be aware of.
Bearings have limited lifespans. The best you can do is elongate that lifespan by using your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader correctly and doing routine maintenance. But at some point bearings will fail. Premature bearing failure is usually caused by failing to change or check the bearing oil for the main hub. Oil needs to be checked and changed every 500 hours or so. When the levels run low, it will cause the bearing to fail. If you notice that oil has flecks of metal in it, this means the bearing is already tearing up and disintegrating into the oil. Just like with any vehicle, oil leaks can also greatly increase the risk of internal damage. The main seal is the most likely area for there to be an oil leak. If you ever notice oil puddles around your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader, inspect it for a leak or bring it in for repairs and maintenance at a local skid steer loader repair service.
Another common issue for drive motors is clogged case drain filters. If your filter gets clogged, the hydraulic fluid backs up into the motor which causes high pressure. High pressure builds until the oil seal eventually fails. This also causes the hydraulic fluid and gear oil to mix which can cause additional problems. To prevent this, filters need to be replaced. Check your filters regularly. if they are dark or dirty in appearance you should have them replaced. If you need case drain filters, consider checking with a local provider.
Often times Bobcat Skid Steer Loader operates will wrongly attribute assume that if their machine seems weak it must be the drive motor. In fact, it often is the charge pump. If the brakes are not completely releasing your motor may seem weakened or your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader may list to the left or right. A damaged charge pump will cause the brakes to not fully disengage which damages your skid steer loader.
Ciano Development Corporation is located in Reading Massachusetts and provides drive motor repair services for Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders. Make an appointment or ask us a question by giving us a call or sending us a message.