If your shop machine is having difficulty functioning, and you think that the problem is the hydraulic cylinder, you'll want to do a few things before you replace the cylinder. There are several components that affect whether the cylinder is going to work properly and whether it's going to function for the machine.
Even if you have a fairly new machine on the shop floor, the cylinder could be faulty. Here are few things you'll want to do to save money and to prevent problems in the future.
Check the Fluid
The cylinder pushes cooling fluid through the machine, and if the fluid is dirty or thin, then it could cause problems for the cylinder and the machine. Check to see if the fluid is clean, if it's the right color and consistency, and anything related to the fluid needs to be repaired. Replacing the fluid is something that you should be able to do on your own in the shop or that one of the shop workers can do.
Check for Repairs before Replacing
Your first reaction shouldn't be to spend the money to have the hydraulic cylinder replaced. Instead, call a mechanic or the manufacturer of the part to see if it can be repaired, if troubleshooting the issue could help, or if fluids in the machine should be replaced.
Check the Warranty and for Recalls
Call the manufacturer of the part to see if it's still under warranty or if they have a mechanical service warranty to examine or look at the cylinder. You may also want to call to verify that the part hasn't been recalled if you are experiencing problems. If it has then you may be able to get refunded for the part, or you could get a new part at no cost to replace the current faulty part you're dealing with.
If the hydraulic cylinder does need to be replaced, make sure you find a machine mechanic or have a representative from the cylinder manufacturer come to the property to do the work for you. You don't want to risk voiding the new part warranty by installing the new cylinder improperly, and you want to know that the machine is going to function as it's supposed to so you aren't delayed in running the machine any longer. Look into these different options to save money before paying to replace the hydraulic cylinder.
Talk to a professional such as Bayou City Hydraulics for more information and ideas.