Overheating Issues

Keeping an eye on coolant temperature is very important. Regular cleaning of your radiator is a vital part of caring for your machine. In severe dusty conditions, this may need to be carried out each day. Usually blowing out the radiator core with compressed air or even a garden leaf blower – in the opposite[…]

Excavator Service Tip

It never ceases to amaze me how neglected some machinery can be. Often when a customer asks me to service their newly acquired, used excavator, I always suggest a full service to give their service records a clean slate. Most times we find the final drives to be completely neglected, with the condition¬†of the oil[…]

Wheel Loader FAQ

Q: Why will my loader not engage forward or reverse? A: 21 series loaders could have a number of problems which cause this issue these are – electrical hydraulic mechanical   Most of the time the problem is with the electrical controlling of the transmission check – declutch switch transmission control relays / fuses switches[…]

Skid Steer Loader FAQ

TIP – Probably more important than any other machine – the belly pan of a skid steer should be kept clean. Not too big of a job if done regularly. ** If you ever replace a hydraulic hose on your machine – thoroughly clean the inside of it before fitting!** Q: My hydraulic oil level[…]

Crawler Loader/Dozer Common Faults

TIP – Most Case crawlers have transmission pressure gauges – this is a valuable tool for diagnosing faults. If yours is broken, think about getting it replaced.   TRANSMISSION – POWERSHIFT MODELS Q: When cold, why does my transmission not engage drive straight away? A: Often this is due to a lack of pressure due[…]

Loader Backhoe Common Faults

580 C,D,E,K shuttle problems (Borg Warner) Q: My transmission is very weak in forward or will not drive in reverse? Why can I only change the 4 speed with the engine turned off? A: Both problems are usually caused by the failure of the forward clutch pack. If the drive is poor in forward it[…]

Backhoe Stall Test Specs

  This test is carried out to check engine power & transmission & hydraulic efficiency. Place the transmission in 4th gear & hold the brakes – compare engine at full RPM in neutral & then compare under load by engaging Forward & then combining Forward & Hydraulic by crowding the loader bucket to full extent[…]

Tips on Preventative Maintenance

It never ceases to amaze me, that when times get tough in the construction industry, one of the first things that suffer is the machinery! How wise is it to miss a service or two, & risk a major component failure – wasting your money & most importantly – causing stressful downtime? Oil & filters[…]