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Tips For Installing Your Final Drive Motor

Tips For Installing Your Final Drive Motor

Posted by Precision Final Drives on Oct 25th 2021

Final drive motors are like any other piece of equipment you rely on to get a task done, they are essential to your day and any issues will cost you time and money. So naturally, you want to get your replacement final drive motor installed as quickly as possible – all the while making sure that no issues arise in the future due to poor installation practices. To that end, we’d like to share some tips from our in-house travel motor installation experts to help ensure the task is completed quickly and correctly, just as an experienced technician would.

1.Tag the Hoses Before You Remove Them

You can save yourself significant time and hassle by tagging each hose individually ahead of time. That way, you will know exactly what each one is when it comes time to install the new travel motor. By simply using a colored plastic tie, you can mark the hoses and ports on your travel motor and save yourself a lot of time.

2.Clean up The Dirt and Debris

Once the travel motor is removed, the next step is to focus on making sure the area is cleaned of any contaminants that could cause issues immediately or down the road. These contaminants include accumulated dirt and debris. You should also be aware of any fluid that could be leaking in the area.

3.Dedicate Extra Time to The Connections

Dangerous contaminants can easily stop the biggest of the heavy-duty machines. That’s why there’s no reason to skip cleaning any parts that are being installed or reattached. Before you reattach the hoses back to the unit, take some time to clean each one, especially around the connections. A dirty connection can actually cause damage to a brand new drive. This is something that experienced technicians usually check first as it’s a common reason new units are not working properly.

4.Make Sure the Planetary Hub Has an Ample Amount of Gear Oil

If you have a planetary travel motor, it must have the correct amount of gear oil in the hub before you try to run it. On most final drives, you can check this by removing the center cap from the planetary hub, then lay the hydraulic motor evenly on its side. With the travel motor in this position, you want to see gear oil slowly coming out of this port, then you know it has the right amount of gear oil.

5.Check the Hydraulic Fluid in the Travel Motor

You should never run a hydraulic motor without hydraulic fluid in it, or you will risk severe damage. Before you complete the travel motor installation, add clean fluid to the motor and to the hydraulic fluid reservoir on your machine to ensure it is sufficiently lubricated before it starts. A lot of people overlook this step and end up doing irreparable damage to their final drive.

6.Change the Case Drain Filter

If your travel motor has a case drain, then during the travel motor installation process, you also need to install a brand new drain filter. Many motors suffer catastrophic damage due to clogged case drain filters, which is why experts recommend installing a completely new drain filter every time you replace the travel motor.

7.Test the Travel Motor

Once travel motor installation is finished, test it at low speed running it forwards and backwards – but do this before you put the sprocket on. If you see that the motor is running in the wrong direction, it means the output and input lines are reversed, which is easy to fix.

Speak to a Travel Motor Installation Expert Today

Replacing your final drive is a substantial investment, and the last thing you want to do is run into more problems while installing it. The above tips will help you complete the travel motor installation smoothly but if you have any questions or concerns about your final drive, we will be happy to help!

Precision Final Drives is a leading provider of high-quality hydraulic travel motors for a wide range of machines, from heavy equipment to mini-excavators. If you’re looking for a reliable final drive hydraulic motor at a wholesale price, visit our online store. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Call us at 888-511-6332 or simply contact us online, and our friendly team will help you find the best solution.

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