Hose Replacement: Avoid Future Trouble by Doing it Right

Hydraulic equipment performs a tremendous amount of work in so many different industries. But all those cranes, bulldozers and other pieces of heavy machinery have a common vulnerability: They’re only as reliable as the hoses through which all that hydraulic fluid travels. A sudden rupture not only halts work abruptly, but can also cause a spill that endangers the surrounding environment. It can happen without warning.

When it does, have a fluid-transfer professional from PIRTEK come out and replace the hose – the safest and most convenient way. PIRTEK knows the ins and outs of hose replacement and has the right equipment to get the job done according to spec.

Keep it clean

One of your first considerations is to make cleanliness a top priority. The close tolerances in hydraulic valves, pumps and actuators make clean parts critical when fashioning a hose assembly. Contamination is always a danger during hose replacement. Even when the person doing the work is careful, fine particles can end up in the hydraulic fluid. In addition to keeping the hose itself clean, make sure the entire bench is free of grit and contaminants.  This is where PIRTEK makes the difference, our well trained and skilled technicians are equipped to make sure that all your hoses are cleaned, tagged and installed properly. PIRTEK uses it’s hose cleaning technology on any and all new hose installs.

The newer, the better

Your second consideration is the age of the hose stock. Be sure the hoses are of fairly recent vintage, not years old. If you want to know why, take a look at an old tire on someone’s car. Rubber dries out over time. When it does, cracking takes place and the material begins to deteriorate, losing much of its integrity.

Incidentally, an old hose can look perfectly OK on the outside while the inside is honeycombed with cracks. That’s because the inside and outside of the hoses are made of different materials. So, don’t trust visual inspections only. This is the perfect opportunity to use PIRTEK’s Preventative Maintenance program, have your local center stop in and do a professional check on all your equipment to maintain the integrity and durability of all hoses to keep your machines working in tip top shape.

The right tools for the job

All PIRTEK Technicians go through extensive training and are equipped, in their vans, with all the most up to date technology to service your hose needs. Using the correct tools is key, abrasive cutting can and will leave particles in the assembly that ultimately end up in the equipment’s hydraulic fluid. Which will lead to more issues with your equipment. Let the experts get it done correctly for you, call your local PIRTEK.

The next consideration is the crimping phase, which must be consistent with the manufacturers’ specifications. Keeping your equipment current is of the utmost importance here. Each hose requires a certain die set for the crimping process, and these can get out of spec over time. An improper crimp – even with a small variation – introduces yet another risk factor to your expensive equipment. All PIRTEK vans have crimp machines installed on them and our retail centers are equipped to service any hose needs. Look to your local PIRTEK for the best service, on call, on site, 1 hour ETA arrival!

Ken Adair



Ken Adair is the owner of PIRTEK O’Hare, PIRTEK McKinley Park and PIRTEK Bolingbrook, all in the Chicago area.