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Common Hydraulic Fluid Issues

Hydraulic fluid performs many jobs for your final drive, including lubricating moving parts and protecting parts from corrosion, rust, and oxidation.  Anything that hinders the ability of your hydraulic fluid to do its job will turn into a big problem for your final drive later on. This Shop Talk Blog post will focus on hydraulic fluid issues that can impact your machine' final drives.

4 Indications That a Hydraulic Final Drive Motor Needs Service

When a final drive motor stops, work comes to a halt. That’s why it is important to be aware of any indications that your final drive might need service. That way, you can arrange the downtime for repairs around a time that works for you, not be forced into downtime in the middle of a time-critical job. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the four things to look out for, and what each symptom can indicate.

4 Quick Tips for Extending the Life of Your Final Drive

Your final drive represents a significant investment, and it has to be functional for your equipment to run. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to go over 4 things: minimizing contamination, keeping an eye on the gear oil, checking the case drain filter, and attending to leaks. Follow these 4 simple tips to get draw out the life of your final drive motor to the fullest!

Guidelines to Final Drive Maintenance

Here at Texas Final Drive, we often seen first-hand what poor maintenance can do to an otherwise good hydraulic final drive motor. In this blog post, we are going to review the WHAT, WHEN, and HOW of good final drive maintenance.

Real Life Bearing Failure

Bearings serve an important purpose in machines -- they maintain the position and alignment of shafts and gears, reduce friction, transfer loads, and reduce the wear and tear on other more expensive components. When they fail, the damage can be devastating. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we take a look at a real life bearing failure, discuss how to tell if a bearing is about to fail, and share some tips on what you can do to maximize the life of your bearings.

Just the Facts about Case Drain Filters

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 31, 2018 |

Case Drain Filters, Final Drive Maintenance


In this Shop Talk Blog post, our goal is to cover the basic facts about case drain lines, case drain filters, and filter elements. Topics include what case drain filters are made from, how they are made, and whether you clean them rather than replace them.

What the Best Final Drive Pros Do (and You Should Too)

We know that some of our readers like to work on their own final drives, and some of you may work in a hydraulics or heavy equipment maintenance shop where you encounter final drives on a regular basis. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we present four tips from final drive motor pros that you can put into practice the next time you have to work on a final drive hydraulic motor.

4 Things to Remember about Filters in a Hydraulic System

Although hydraulic filters are not a common topic, they are an important part of your hydraulic system. Failure to use them correctly can impact every component of your machine, right down to your final drive motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about some important things to remember about filters in a hydraulic system.

Compact Track Loader Final Drives: 5 Signs They Need Service

There is never a convenient time to get the final drive on your CTL serviced, but servicing becomes necessary as time passes. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the signs that indicate the need for you to get your final drive serviced ASAP. Some of them are common sense, of course -- but others might not be so obvious.

Anatomy of a Good Final Drive Maintenance Plan for CTLs and Mini-Excavators

Final drives need scheduled maintenance if you want them to keep running when you need them the most. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to provide you with the anatomy of a good final drive maintenance plan for CTLs, MTLs, and mini-excavators.  These are basic maintenance tasks that can literally save you thousands of dollars in repairs and down time.

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