In order for a hydraulic system to run smoothly, it needs clean fluid all the time. If it ever has the chance to become contaminated, you can run into complications like components not lasting that long and overall inefficiency. The best way to handle hydraulic fluid contamination is to execute these repair steps.

Take a Fluid Sample and Test It First

Before you start implementing response measures for fluid contamination with a hydraulic system, make sure the fluid is truly contaminated. You can find out for certain if you take a sample of fluid from your hydraulic system and then proceed to have it professionally tested at a lab.

Then you'll know if there are contaminants and, if so, what type are present. If the fluid samples come back positive for a particular contaminant, you know for certain repair measures are warranted to keep your hydraulic system working like it's supposed to. 

Flush System Entirely

If your samples show that there are contaminants present in your hydraulic system, then it's imperative that you flush the system entirely. That's the only way you'll get normal operating conditions from this equipment again. 

Purging the hydraulic system isn't that difficult. You'll just have to open up the appropriate valves and then make sure you have a way to collect fluid that comes out. Then once the system has been purged entirely, you can add new fluid that's contamination-free and restore performance in a major way.

Consider Upgrading the Filter System

If you keep having contamination issues with your hydraulic system, it could be because the filter isn't doing a good job at screening contaminants. In that case, you'll want to find a suitable replacement as quickly as you can so that future contamination doesn't cause issues.

Make sure that when you upgrade this portion of your hydraulic system, you get a filter that's compatible and offers optimal filtering performance for years. Then if there are no other reasons why contamination is affecting your hydraulic system, you'll be able to keep hydraulic fluid pure as it was meant to be for optimal performance.

There could be a situation where your hydraulic system's fluid gets contaminated. If you can recognize when this happens quickly and respond with the right approaches, this problem isn't going to cause parts to severely break down and lead to a lot of extra costs. Rather, you'll contain the incident and go about your way. 

If you need hydraulics repairs, contact a company like Miller Hydraulics Service, Inc.