Engine overheating is common in residential vehicles during the summer. The same goes for construction equipment; the excavator is no exception. Summer excavator maintenance is important for ensuring continued operability and avoiding downtime.
Check Fluid Levels
Coolant and hydraulic fluids are extremely important during the summer. The coolant expansion reservoir should always be full. This prevents too much air from entering the cooling system. Finally, check the coolant fill location; some bear the label "Newer OAT." This stands for 'organic acid technology' and is a type of coolant recommended in newer excavators.
A neat trick is to add antifreeze. Contrary to belief, this fluid isn't just for winter use. It actually keeps the water in the excavator from boiling when the machine is operating under high temperatures. Stick to a single antifreeze solution; do not mix different brands because the mixture may corrode the engine's cooling system.
Oil begins to soften under high temperatures. This reduces its adhesion and lubrication ability. Apply lubricant often to the excavator and attachments like the breaker and hoe pack. Be sure to use a brand with high heat resistance.
Most excavators have an auto-reverse fan function. Operators can also manually reverse the fan. This is important for removing debris and keeping the radiator and cooling packages clear. Also check the engine hood's inlet and outlet pipes for obstructions.
Thanks to smart technology, many modern construction vehicles have telematics, allowing workers to assess equipment health remotely. With this technology you can monitor the engine temperature and other components for defects.
Don't Eschew Summer Excavator Maintenance
Call Active Excavator Rentals if you require an excavator and/or attachment for an impending project. Learn about us and our commitment to Monroe contractors. Summer excavator maintenance is vital this season for consistent and reliable operation.
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