Hydraulic seals are vital components in the hydraulic cylinders. They prevent fluids from leaking between parts. Various industries make use of these seals for the optimum performance of equipment. However, if the seal is not designed to deal with a particular application, then it will fail. That results in issues with your machine. Understanding the common problems that lead to failure in the hydraulic seals is vital. That way you can prevent them. 


Contamination comes from the introduction of external factors such as dirt and grime to the hydraulic rod. These elements attach to the hydraulic piston then make the seal dirty. When the filth in the seal increases, its ability to keep contamination from the piston reduces. You can prevent these contaminants from affecting the seal by installing it correctly. When you install the seal, ensure it is clean and free from any dust. You can also put up rod wipers to prevent the rods from getting dirty. Internal contamination is also an issue. Ensuring the liquid does not have any debris and effectively cycling it can prevent internal pollution.

Improper Installation

A significant element that causes hydraulic seal failure is failing to put it up in the right way. However, that is an issue that you can fix quickly. Some reasons why the hydraulic seal is not attached correctly include cleanliness, contamination, improper lubrication, unsafe handling and not choosing the ideal seal for the application. You should find the hydraulic seal best suited for what you need it to do. That way you can prevent mistakes early. You need to have experience and skills for the correct installation of these devices. 

Heat Degradation

When the seal gets hard and brittle, then heat degradation is what you should suspect. Hydraulic seals can bake or melt due to heat erosion. After that, the seal will likely crack as it gets brittle. Heat erosion is caused by using the wrong material, excessively loading the lip and high friction. That could reduce the life span of the hydraulic seal. Thus, you should continuously check the seal for any signs of heat erosion. Various measures can prevent heat degradation. One way is by buying rings with a heat resistant material. You can also increase lubrication. 

In conclusion, hydraulic seals will eventually wear out and need replacing. But you can increase the lifespan of these devices. Once you understand the main problems that affect the hydraulic seals, avoid them at all costs. Also, seek the help of a professional in maintaining these seals.