Spot problems early with routine inspections
- Check your undercarriage at set intervals
- Take action on any undercarriage repair or replacement recommendations
Our technicians are trained to identify undercarriage problems and predict the life of your undercarriage before major repairs are needed. Undercarriage evaluations are included in preventative maintenance service at no charge.
Undercarriage Maintenance Tips
Adjust the track for correct tension
Tracks can detrack if they are too loose or tear if they are too tight. To correctly adjust the track tension, refer to your operator’s manual for tensioning procedures.
Avoid using wide shoes
The wider the shoe, the more problems you may have with turning your machine. Use the narrowest shoe possible unless a wider shoe is necessary to avoid sinking in very wet conditions.
Keep the undercarriage clean
Mud and dirt can accumulate around the undercarriage, interfering with operation by changing the pitch, which leads to faster component wear. Knock away any debris every day after use and wash the tracks thoroughly with water.
Avoid operating at high speeds
Higher speeds and traveling in reverse accelerate undercarriage wear. The slower the speed, the less wear on the undercarriage.
Alternate the turning direction
Continuously turning to the same side can cause asymmetrical wear. It also increases wear on sprocket teeth, track tread, guide lugs and roller flanges.
Check your equipment daily
Visually inspect components for signs of wear, which may include cracks, bends and breaks. Make sure nuts and bolts aren’t loose, and look for wear on bushings, sprockets and rollers. Shiny components can indicate an alignment problem.
Take caution when filling the bucket
Unnecessary spinning of the tracks can accelerate wear and cause cuts in the tracks. Reduce track spinning by using loader hydraulics to penetrate the material better.