Signs of a Bad Axle
Some of the hardest industries to work in are the industrial and construction industries. The equipment used in these industries is both essential and usually riddled with repair problems. One essential part of any piece of heavy duty equipment is the axle shafts, which help to ensure smoother operation of the wheels and steering. Just like any other part of your heavy duty equipment, eventually the axles will need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need to look for that will let you know the Dana Spicer Axle on your equipment is broken.
Leaking of Hydraulic Fluid
One of the most noticeable signs that your axles are damaged is the appearance of a hydraulic fluid leak coming out of the boots of the axle itself. Usually, this will mean you have to replace the whole axle because in most cases the boot will be too damaged to replace. The longer you leave this problem unattended, the more damage you will do to the steering system of your equipment. As soon as you see the fluid starting to leak, you need to call in a professional to take a look.
Another sign that you need to have your axles replaced is loud noises during the operation of your machine. Usually, this noise will be a clicking and it is due to the shaft being broken and rubbing against the boot itself. The longer that this problem persists, the more damage that will be done to the axle. This means that the whole axle replaced and possibly all of the fluid that will leak out. The faster you have a mechanic fix this problem, the less down time you will have to contend with.
Lack of Movement
Yet another common sign you will notice when your axle shafts are in need of repair or replacement is a lack of movement when you try to steer the machine. This is due to the fact that the shafts are not free to move as they normally are and they will bind up the steering mechanism of the machine. This will prohibit you from being able to use the machine as intended and it will cut in to your overall productivity. The faster you get this repaired; the better off you will be in the long run.
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