We all know the importance of proper maintenance when it comes to final drives.
Sometimes despite our best efforts, final drives can go wrong.
Here, we will look at failure in a final drive to spot it early and take the necessary steps to prevent any further damage.
One of the most common signs of failure in a final drive is noise. If your final drive makes unusual sounds when running, it signals something is wrong. Typically, these sounds can range from a low rumble that increases in volume to a loud grinding noise. It is best to have a professional inspect the drive to determine the cause.
Vibrations are another sign of final drive failure. If you’re feeling excessive vibrations from your drive, this is a surefire sign that something is wrong. These vibrations can cause other parts of your machine to wear out or break if left unchecked. It is essential to have a professional inspect the drive so that the cause of the vibrations can be identified and resolved.
Oil leaks are also a sign of failure in a final drive. If you notice any oil leaks or puddles beneath your drive, it is a sure sign that something is not functioning correctly. Several things, such as a damaged seal or worn-out bearings, can cause these oil leaks. It is best to have a professional inspect the drive and determine the cause of the leak so it can be repaired.
Reducing friction is one of the critical roles of a bearing. When bearings begin to fail, friction will increase, generating heat. A good indicator is when the final drive is hot to the touch. In that case, it must be investigated, especially as overheating can indicate other system-wide issues.
By being aware of the signs of failure in a final drive, you can spot any issues early on and take the necessary steps to prevent any further damage. If you notice any of the above signs, it is essential to have a professional inspect the drive so that the cause can be identified and resolved.
Final Drive Replacements
Astrak offers a wide range of OEM-quality final drives for many excavators and other tracked equipment. Our drives are manufactured by leading OEM suppliers, including Danfoss, Eaton, Doosan, Nabtesco, Brevini and Trasmittal Bonfiglioli.
All of our final drives are designed and manufactured to OEM specifications, and each model of final drive is fully tested and inspected to ensure correct fitment and performance.