Using the correct machine lubricants for your machines can make the difference between effective, efficient performance and time consuming, costly downtime. Improper use of lubricants can lead to accelerated component wear and major repairs. To ensure optimal operation, it's important to adhere to the specifications in your owner's manual and follow our tips for choosing the right fluids and lubricants.
Hydraulic fluid is used to transfer power from one component to another while at the same time protecting the entire hydraulic system by lubricating the parts it comes into contact with. Here are some tips for choosing the right hydraulic fluid:
Choosing transmission oil
Transmission oil is necessary to ensure optimal clutch performance and critical to protect gears and bearings from excessive wear. It also helps keep parts cool while the machine is in use.
When choosing the type of transmission fluid to add to your engine, always check your operator's manual, and consider the weather conditions. If the machine will be working in various types of environments and temperatures, use a multi-season oil to avoid unnecessary changes with each new season.
Changing transmission oil
Different machines and engines require transmission oil and filter changes at different intervals. You should always follow the guidelines laid out in your machine's operator manual to determine the right intervals.
When changing the transmission fluid, you should be careful to not contaminate the system. Wash the transmission tank before removing the cap, drain the oil as quickly as possible, keep filters sealed in their package until you are ready for them, and install filters carefully without dropping them.
Grease is required to minimize friction and wear and help ensure optimal machine performance. When deciding on which grease to use, check your owner's manual to learn the specifications that meet the engine's minimum operating needs. Choose a grease that exceeds these requirements to maximize life and performance of its parts.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to reduce emissions by treating exhaust gases after they have left the engine.
DEF makeup and purpose
DEF is a non-hazardous solution made up of purified water and urea. It is not a fuel additive. Colorless and similar to baking soda in its alkalinity (pH), DEF breaks down nitrogen oxides in the exhaust stream in order to meet emissions control standards. This technology is called Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and is used in select models of Tier 4 equipment to meet applicable standards.
Tips for use and storage
Fluid level indicators