As a farmer, you may rely on your ears to tell you when a piece of equipment isn’t functioning correctly and needs maintenance. But when it comes to brake chatter, waiting to fix the problem until you hear it can be too little too late. With harvesting season in full swing, you don’t have extra time or equipment to accommodate costly repairs. However, if you look for symptoms and commit to regular maintenance, preventing brake chatter and its complications can be straightforward.
- Lack of hydraulic response – if you are not getting an immediate equipment response when shifting or steering, or if you find your brake pedals sticking, it can often be a key indicator of a brake chatter problem developing, and gives you time to address the issue.
- High hydraulic temperature – as the additives in your hydraulic system's fluids wear out and create the opportunity for increased friction, you may experience high hydraulic temperature as a symptom prior to any noise. If high temperatures are left for an extended time, it could cause permanent damage to your transmission.