Troubleshooting Common Issues with Outrigger Expansion Cylinders

What Circumstances May Lead to Problems with Outrigger Expansion Cylinders?

Outrigger expansion cylinders are crucial elements in various heavy machinery such as cranes, excavators, and concrete pumps. They provide stability to these machines during operation by extending outwards from the main body. However, these cylinders can face certain issues, typically under the following circumstances:

  • Regular wear and tear: Continuous usage can lead to the gradual degradation of the cylinder, causing it to malfunction.
  • Improper maintenance: Negligence in regular maintenance or use of low-quality hydraulic fluid can lead to cylinder issues.
  • External damage: Physical damage due to accidents or harsh operating conditions can cause the cylinder to malfunction.

Solutions to Common Problems with Outrigger Expansion Cylinders

To keep your machinery running smoothly, it’s essential to address any issues with the outrigger expansion cylinders promptly. Here are some solutions to common problems:

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Seal Leakage

Seal leakage is a common problem in hydraulic cylinders caused by wear and tear or improper installation. To fix this, replace the worn-out seals with new ones and ensure they are properly installed.


If the hydraulic fluid in the cylinder overheats, it can cause malfunctioning. Regularly monitor the temperature and use cooling systems to prevent overheating.

Rod Bending

A bent rod can hamper the cylinder’s functionality. Replace the bent rod and ensure proper alignment during installation.

Preventive Measures for Outrigger Expansion Cylinder Issues

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some preventive measures to avoid outrigger expansion cylinder problems:

  • Regular maintenance: Regularly check the cylinders for wear and tear and ensure timely replacement of faulty parts.
  • Proper use: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the operation and handling of machinery.
  • Use quality products: Always use high-quality hydraulic fluid and replacement parts.

If your problem persists, contact the technical department of WLY Transmission for assistance. We will respond within 24 hours.

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About WLY Transmission

WLY Transmission is a leading supplier and manufacturer in China, specializing in various hydraulic cylinders, including forklift hydraulic cylinders, agricultural machinery cylinders, construction cylinders, and more. Our design capacity is 200,000 sets, and we have 300 sets of fully automatic CNC production equipment and automatic hydraulic cylinder assembly equipment, which guarantees high-quality products and fast delivery.

In addition to outrigger expansion cylinders, we also supply Aerial work platform cylinder, Sanitation vehicle cylinder, Telescopic handler boom cylinder, Excavator hydraulic cylinder, Offshore Cylinder, Energy Technology Cylinder, Tunnel Boring Machine Cylinder, and more. We also offer custom services based on drawings or samples provided by the customers.

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