Construction Equipment Europe

How to prepare your excavator for Spring

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, warmer weather – and a busy contracting schedule – is just around the corner. Here are a few tips to get your excavator in tip-top condition for the new season.

Spring excavator maintenance

· Fluids, filters and grease

Check the levels of hydraulic oil, as well as the oil in the swing and travel gearboxes. Fill accordingly. Drain water from the water separator.

· Seals

Look for weeping or damaged seals and replace as needed. Never reseal them.

· Undercarriage

Clean the undercarriage to make sure it is free from debris and adjust the tension. Check for loose track shoes and repair as needed. Check for oil leaks from the top and bottom rollers.

· Boom and arm

Check the side clearance and contact the local Volvo dealer if needed.

· Engine

Check to see if any fuel has leaked. If so, contact the local Volvo dealer for assistance.

· Battery

Even if you removed the battery over the winter, inspect the terminals and posts and clean as necessary. If removed, connect a charger.

·  Cab

Where possible, move the machine into a warm storage facility to thaw any ice. Remove snow with a broom or blow it off with compressed air. Do not scrape it off with a shovel may damage the paintwork. Thoroughly clean the inside of the cab and replace the air filters. This will help protect the machine’s electronics and make the space a more pleasant and comfortable operating environment.

· Additional functions

Check that the lights, wipers, heater and air conditioning are all in working order, addressing repairs as needed.


Anne Bast

Head of Brand, Marketing & Communication
Volvo Construction Equipment
Sales Region Europe / International
Phone: 0735585906

Hannah Kitchener

Tel: +44 207 923 5863