Rather like the human body, hydraulic systems need regular check ups to test for contamination, whether that may be particulate build up caused by oil degradation or high levels of water found in the system.
Steps to take an oil sample:
1. Ensure the machine is either shut down or just started to operate. This way any contamination in the fluid can be captured
2. Remove cap or cover to get to the tank
3. Insert the correct outlet hose and collect roughly 100ml of oil
The Key Causes Of Oil Degradation
Oil degradation can be caused by many different reasons although, what is clear is that if you do not understand why your oil is degrading in the first place then this it is likely to lead to escalating costs.
Listed below are the most common reasons why oil degrades: