Ox Bodies Maintenance Tips
Regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring the best performance and longest lifespan for your Ox Bodies products. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for performing preventative maintenance on your hoist, hydraulics, and dump body.
CAUTION: Safety is a crucial consideration when performing maintenance on dump bodies. Before performing any work under a raised dump body, be sure that approved dump body safety props are in place. Never work under a raised bed that is loaded.
Tip #1: Greasing Body Lubrication Points
Greasing the body lubrication points is recommended on a weekly basis. Start by greasing the rear hinge points, located on each side of the lower rear body. Then, raise the bed to provide easy access to tailgate hinge points and the high lift hinge point, if equipped. With the body raised and safety props in place, grease the lower hoist cylinder pivot point. Some hoist cylinders may be equipped with a grease fitting on the top pin. If so, this pin can be accessed through the hoist well cover inside of the bed. Regularly greasing these lubrication points prevents wear and tear on the equipment and keeps it operating smoothly.
Tip #2: Checking Hydraulic Oil Level
Checking the oil level in the hydraulic tank is recommended monthly. With the body raised and safety props in place, use a clean probe to check the oil level in the tank. The oil level should be 3 inches from the bottom of the tank with the hoist fully extended. Maintaining the correct hydraulic oil level prevents damage to the equipment.
Tip #3: Keeping the Equipment Clean
Keeping your Ox Body clean is essential to prevent the buildup of corrosive materials that may be encountered in the field. Washing the body regularly will help prevent rust and other types of damage.
In conclusion, performing regular preventative maintenance on your Ox Bodies product, such as greasing body lubrication points, maintaining the correct hydraulic oil level, and keeping the body and hoist clean will help ensure optimal performance and extend the life of your equipment.
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