Here are a couple of important points about the effectiveness of checklists. Firstly, as I explained to my client who wants to include a checklist with each hydraulic component they rebuild, these checklists need to be machine-specific to be most effective. For example, a pre-flight checklist for a Boeing 747 is useless to the pilot of an Airbus A340.

While you can cover the common steps, such as filling the case with clean hydraulic oil through the uppermost drain port in the case of a piston pump, beyond that, the variations in pump installation are so numerous that trying to cover all necessary steps in a single, generic procedure can be difficult and potentially confusing.

Secondly, the best checklists are dynamic and should be considered a work in progress. A friend of mine, who is ex-military, uses a checklist before going on a camping trip with his family to ensure he doesn’t leave any essential equipment at home. He takes this further by updating his checklist after each trip, adding items he should have taken and removing those he didn’t need.

The point is, when you create a checklist, it is difficult to foresee every eventuality. This includes not only the tasks that should be done but also those that should not be done.

Last year, my neighbor Tyrone had a bad flu. He was quite ill and missed a month of school. During the worst of it, his temperature was very high for 5 days straight. His concerned mother monitored his temperature constantly, and you can imagine our relief when, on the fifth day, his temperature finally began to drop.

It’s handy that our body temperature serves as a quick and effective indicator of general health. Nowadays, you can simply stick an electronic device in your ear, press a button, and instantly know if everything is normal.

Interestingly, humans have something in common with hydraulic equipment: monitoring temperature is an effective method of detecting abnormalities, as one of our members explains:

“A few years ago, I started recording operating temperatures with a quality Car Lift Repair Orlando heat gun. I recently purchased 75 of them and distributed them to the operators of our machines. We log temperatures during meal breaks to establish a good baseline. This information is very helpful when an operator reports a problem. My goal is for operators to use this information themselves as they take readings, gaining a better understanding of the machinery they operate.”

This is a smart, proactive maintenance strategy for several reasons. Heat, especially excessive heat, is a major enemy of any hydraulic system. Like other contaminants of Car Lift Repair Orlando hydraulic oil, heat does most of its damage silently, without the operator noticing.

Excessive heat degrades the oil and seals, accelerates hose aging, and worst of all, reduces oil viscosity, impairing lubrication. Early warning of an overheating issue can save a significant amount of money.

The genius of this strategy is that it involves the machine’s operator. A knowledgeable Car Lift Repair Orlando operator can prevent a lot of costly damage—or further damage—when issues arise. Therefore, any effort that enhances the operator’s awareness of the hydraulic machinery they operate is extremely valuable for the bottom line.

Logging operating oil temperature is an effective condition-monitoring technique. Whenever Car Lift Repair Orlando hydraulic oil moves from an area of high pressure to low pressure without performing useful work, heat is generated. In other words, internal leakage creates heat. An abnormal increase in internal leakage will show up as an abnormal heat load and, therefore, an abnormal operating temperature of the hydraulic system.

I recently purchased a used jeep with plans to take my friends on a tour, starting with a trip across the Mojave Desert from the west to east coast of California. It’s a huge journey. If you drive 12 hours a day, it takes about four days to cover the distance.

The Mojave is a desolate place, with not much to see. You’re lucky if you spot a snake or scorpion between the gas stations, which are hundreds of miles apart. Breaking down out there is the last thing you want, especially for me, being a preventive maintenance enthusiast, knowing I’d face serious consequences from my wife if something went wrong.

To avoid any unpleasant and embarrassing surprises in the middle of the desert, I took my newly acquired but pre-loved Car Lift Repair Orlando SUV to the ends of the earth for a thorough inspection. I dropped it off in the morning, and when I came back later that day, I saw it still up on the hoist.

I knew something was wrong when the mechanic invited me into the workshop. Underneath the vehicle, he first pointed out a broken front diff mount. While I was thinking, “Wow… that’s not good,” he showed me a shot lower front ball joint. Strike two. I was hoping for no strike three, and thankfully, there wasn’t one.

Ideally, a Car Lift Repair Orlando maintenance inspection finds nothing wrong. However, discovering a defect justifies the task. It’s a bittersweet outcome. Since these issues aren’t the kind you can fix on the side of the road with a handful of wrenches, ignorance is definitely not bliss. So, based on the philosophy that a stitch in time saves nine, the $185 I spent on the inspection potentially saved me thousands, not to mention the stress and inconvenience of a breakdown.

This story also illustrates that what you do for proactive and predictive maintenance is at least partly determined by the cost and consequences of failure. Any piece of mechanical equipment can break down at any time. So, stay tuned for my road-trip report from the East Coast.

With Car Lift Repair Orlando hydraulics, as with most things, you get what you pay for. Designing based solely on price, especially without proper knowledge, results in subpar equipment. Many hydraulic equipment users might not know better, and there are plenty of short-sighted equipment builders willing to cater to them.

If a manufacturer can’t create a well-engineered, purpose-fit system and convince oilfield customers to pay the necessary price, they should find another line of work. Considering the current price of oil, this should be obvious.

Technical ignorance

If you’re going to cut costs, you need to know exactly what you can and cannot compromise on. The hydraulic system described above is a prime example of inefficiency. Let’s take a closer look at its components: