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Variety of oil leaks and repair options explained

Publication date: 
July 2016
Dale Hamil, Illinois Electric Works
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In oil-lubricated machines, leaks are a frequent and difficult-to-diagnose and correct condition. Due to design issues, there may even be a few machines where oil leaks are simply part of the landscape and not correctable without major modifications.

Topics discussed include:

  • Overfilling
  • Checking/replacing sight glasses
  • Proper venting of labyrinth seals
  • Checking/repairing stand tubes (stand pipes)
  • Proper sealing
  • Examining condition of oil sumps
  • Draining oil before transporting
  • Oil foaming
  • Checking vibration levels
  • Checking to see if motor is running off electrical center
Oil lubrication