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A Comprehensive Guide to Repacking Your Hydraulic Cylinder

If you’ve noticed drifting, fluid leaks, or changes in performance from your Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia hydraulic cylinder, it may be time for repacking. Fortunately, the repacking process is straightforward and less time-consuming than you might imagine. In this guide, we demystify the steps for repacking a hydraulic cylinder.

Prepare Your Workspace A clean workspace is essential to prevent contamination during the disassembly and repacking of the hydraulic cylinder. We recommend opening your hydraulic cylinder repacking kit only when you’re ready to install the new seals. Here are the supplies you’ll need for repacking your hydraulic cylinder:

  • Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia Hydraulic cylinder repacking kit (search by equipment model to find a compatible kit)
  • Clean replacement hydraulic oil
  • Wrench for removing the piston rod
  • Several clean, lint-free cloths for cleaning parts and spills
  • A large container for collecting old hydraulic oil
  • SAFETY NOTE: If you plan to use equipment for lifting heavy objects or weight-bearing purposes, ensure you brace the supported weight with jacks or blocks. This crucial step prevents accidental injuries and protects expensive cylinder piston assemblies from damage.

How to Repack a Hydraulic Cylinder TIP: Pay close attention to the location of each component during disassembly to ensure that each part is correctly reassembled in its place within the hydraulic cylinder. Use this opportunity to check for fluid leaks and thoroughly inspect cylinder components and mounts for signs of corrosion, damage, or wear.

Proceed carefully, and you’ll soon have a leak-free hydraulic cylinder.

  • Release all pressure from the Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia cylinder.
  • Untighten and take out the lines from the cylinder. Removing the lines allows the remaining pressure to escape from the cylinder.
  • Ensure the hydraulic cylinder is securely supported to prevent it from dropping.
  • Once everything is stabilized, remove the pin from the rod end of the cylinder.
  • Remove the gland from the cylinder. The method for this step varies among cylinder manufacturers. Some glands are bolted, while others require a special tool inserted into small holes to turn the gland where the rod exits the cylinder. The gland may need a gentle tap or hammer bump to loosen it. Once it’s loose, it should unscrew and pull away from the piston rod.
  • Carefully remove the piston rod from the Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia cylinder. Take care to prevent the piston rod from contacting other metal objects or falling to the ground, which could lead to contamination or damage to its surface. Ensure that the fine threads inside the cylinder remain undamaged during the rod removal, as repairing these components can be costly. Various methods exist for securing the rod to the piston, such as threaded rods directly attached to the piston or held in place by a nut or a nut and bolt. Once the rod is free from the cylinder housing, remove the piston from the rod, keeping all parts in the correct order and taking a photo for reference if necessary.
  • Replace the seals and O-rings on the piston and gland one at a time. This approach minimizes confusion and ensures correct placement. Be cautious when identifying and using the correct seal, as some seals are thin and prone to damage if not evenly installed. Ensure each groove is free of debris before inserting the new part.
  • Reverse the process and reassemble the piston onto the rod. Use a thread locking adhesive when you’re replacing the bolt of the piston rod. Thoroughly clean all parts before reassembly.
  • Reinsert the gland into the cylinder. Do not use thread locking substances on the gland threads.
  • Replace all hydraulic lines and check for leaks around the new seals.
  • Including hydraulic cylinder repacking in your annual preventative maintenance routine can extend the life of your cylinders. While this repacking procedure is suitable for most welded rod cylinders, we recommend consulting a professional if you have specific questions about the process.

Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia  offers premium aftermarket seal kits for repacking hydraulic cylinders. Our inventory also includes hydraulic cylinder pistons, heads, mounts, and other component parts for routine hydraulic cylinder maintenance.

Preparation: Before embarking on the disassembly process, it’s essential to recognize that there are various types of hydraulic cylinders, each serving a distinct purpose. Consequently, it’s imperative to ensure you procure the appropriate repair or rebuild kit tailored to your hydraulic cylinder’s specific requirements. You can identify the correct part number typically located on the cylinder’s end cap or its external surface.

To ensure precision during reassembly, consider obtaining a printout of the parts diagram for reference.

Furthermore, keep in mind that each Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuild Georgia cylinder corresponds to a unique gland and seal kit. Typically, the glands feature four holes that can be unscrewed from the cylinder. If you lack the necessary wrenches for these glands, you can fashion your own or acquire gland removal tools online.

Disassembling the hydraulic cylinder:

  • Begin by releasing all pressure within the cylinder. Achieve this by loosening the hydraulic lines at each end of the cylinder. You can accomplish the unscrewing of the gland without necessitating the removal of the cylinder assembly’s end connection.
  • Remove the pin from the piston rod end to create space. Subsequently, employ a tool to unscrew the gland from the hydraulic cylinder. If the gland proves stubborn, gentle tapping or light hammer blows can aid in its loosening. Once loosened, it should unscrew effortlessly and detach from the cylinder if sufficient space is available.
  • After removing the gland, extract the piston rod from the cylinder. Larger cylinders may require support to maintain their alignment during detachment from the piston rod. Exercise caution to prevent dust contamination and inadvertent contact with other metallic components. Take special care to safeguard delicate threads within the cylinder.
  • Reinsert the rod end into the pin connection after liberating the piston rod. You will need to unscrew the retaining bolt securing the piston to the rod. Exercise vigilance throughout this process to protect yourself and the valuable equipment involved.

Reassembling the hydraulic cylinder:

  • Most rebuild kits are accompanied by detailed instructions to guide you through the hydraulic cylinder repair process.

Always err on the side of safety!