How to Install a Hydraulic Hose Kit
All sorts of vehicles from cars and vans to heavy farm equipment like tractors make use of the hydraulic hose. With that said, the hose might require replacement if and when the hydraulic oil starts leaking through it. The act of hose replacement with a kit you've bought might be a dirty job, but you've save loads of money on labor if you were to do it yourself.
- New hydraulic hose fittings
- Pipe wrench
- Multi-purpose wrench
- Working clothes
- Working gloves
- Protective eyeglasses
What You'll Need
Step 1:Locate the compromised hose from under the hood.
Step 2:Assess how many components must be removed in order to replace the hose.
Step 3:Know which hydraulic component the hose serves for and is connected to. Also determine which other hydraulics that require removal have a live load or weight on them.
Step 4:Don't forget to lower to the ground all the attachments that are supported by the hydraulic cylinder. Otherwise, chain them up. This is a safety precaution.
Step 5:Get the tools you need, which includes 1½-inches to -inch wrenches for hose fitting removal. Hold the coupling's stationary side with one wrench to keep it from turning and accidentally damaging the O-ring while turning the other wrench to separate the coupling altogether.
Step 6:If you're having problems accessing the fittings, then take off all attachments and clamps that might interfere with the hose, which might include the cylinder itself.
Step 7:As for the fitting that connects the hose to your system, you should loosen it up without twisting any other part. Just take note on how it attaches the hose to your hydraulics.
Step 8:Pull your hose off the equipment while checking if both ends are unfastened. Some oil could leak from either directions, so be careful and get a tray to catch the spills.
Step 9:Plug your fittings that remain on the vehicle to safeguard the system from debris entering it. If you don't have a plug with the right threads, clean rags could serve as a viable quick fix.
Step 10:Wipe the excess oil from the hose and take it to your auto shop to have it replaced. You can also check online for a viable replacementas well.
Step 11:Clean up the fittings on your equipment prior to replacement and reinstallation of the new hydraulic hose. Make sure everything is dirt-free or else it could result in further system damage.
Step 12:Plug the ends of the new hose with a clean rag or special threaded cap prior to routing it through the hydraulic system it's supposed to go into.
Step 13:Make sure that your hose is in the correct place and positioning. Remember how the old hose was placed and reproduce that placement with its replacement.
Step 14:Replace any other components like guards and clamps that were removed in order to take the old hose off of its placement. Use the old clamps if they're still okay or use the clamps that came with your hose kit instead, whichever is preferable.
Step 15:Check your car's fluid level, crank it up, and check for any hydraulic hose leaks afterwards.
A hydraulic hose assembly usually comes with valve spools and cylinders to perform various heavy-duty vehicular tests. These components are connected together in a series of steel-reinforced rubber hoses and steel tubes.