There are different groups of Cat parts, depending on how and when you replace them. For example, some require regular replacement, e.g., filters. Others may not be changed except they are faulty or past their years of use. You can find your Cat replacement parts like engine components, maintenance kits, and hardware in stores around you or online.
Let’s take a look at these parts.
The parts you will be getting depend on the Cat engine type in your equipment. For instance, considering the design and functional differences in gasoline and diesel engines, you can expect both engines to require different specialized parts.
Internal engine parts, including cylinders, pistons, gears, are more stretched in the harsh conditions they usually work in. Unlike car engines, the engines powering Cat equipment are built with longevity and more work in mind. That is why the components and parts are very tough.
Here are some of the common engine components;
Starters – As the name suggests, it gets the motor off to a start. The machine may not start if the starter or other ignition elements are bad.
Fuel Pumps – The function of the fuel pump is to draw fuel from the tank and feed the engine. An old or worn-out fuel filter is best changed early to avoid a clogged pump, which may prevent the smooth running of the engine.
Fuel Injectors – Fuel injectors send fuel into the engine’s cylinders. However, they become less efficient with the accumulation of debris in the pathway. Once your fuel filter becomes clogged, replace the fuel pump and assess the injectors for a possible replacement.
Belts – Gears connect the different engine parts, and the belts ensure these gears move effectively. If the belt is worn out, it can easily break and cause damage to other parts. Always keep an eye on your belts to prevent these issues.
Planned Maintenance Kits
Planned maintenance kits or PM kits comprise all the parts and items you require to carry out regular servicing processes, e.g., air filters or oil changes. With this kit, you can ensure you have all you need for routine maintenance, including o-rings, filters, and fluids. It is best to regularly replace the components that are more likely to wear out after some time.
Air Filters – The air in the environment contains dirt. The role of the air filter is to ensure this dirt does not get into the air the engine uses for internal combustion. The quality of the environment air usually determines how long air filters can go without getting clogged. A clogged filter limits the amount of air that gets into the engine and ultimately reduces performance. Do not hesitate to replace a clogged filter.
Oil Filters – While air filters prevent dirt from getting into the engine’s air pathway, oil filters offer similar protection to the engine’s oil. For the purest oil and maximum lubrication of moving parts, t is best to change your oil filters when you change your oil.
Fuel Filters – The ignition ability of any engine drops when there is dirt, water, and other contaminants in the fuel lines and injectors. This often arises due to a clogged fuel filter, which ultimately prevents the pump from drawing enough fuel into the engine. Therefore, it is advisable to change your fuel filters regularly.
The exact components of a planned maintenance kit depend on your type of equipment, especially the configuration of the engine that powers it.
Every machine has several components, but many of these parts that require regular examination and replacement are under the hood. These include hydraulics, steering components, brakes, bearings, joints, batteries, and hoses. Always replace these parts with new Cat parts whenever you want to. That is the only way to ensure maximum performance and quality at all times. You do not want to use low-quality or incompatible replacements for safety systems like steering and brakes.
Why Should You Ensure Regular Maintenance?
The secret to a smooth project with minimal or no downtime is adequate maintenance. Putting quality time into maintenance and avoiding subpar components will reduce downtime.
Regular maintenance tasks include oil change, tires assessment, and scanning for wear and tear on certain parts of your equipment. You should also look out for low fluid levels, cracked hoses, dirty filters, weak or cut wires, and a host of other warning signs. The goal is to detect these issues before they cause your engine to fail and ultimately force you to spend more time on repairs.
When it comes to maintenance, the use of quality and warranty-covered parts is non-negotiable. You know how crucial your heavy equipment is to the smooth running of your business. So, whenever you choose bad parts over quality ones, you risk your business and equipment. But, on the other hand, the right parts will preserve your fleet’s warranty coverage.
Replacing Parts for Breakdowns
Breakdowns are inevitable – even the most well-built machines are prone to failures. And the biggest causes of these include poor maintenance culture and the wrong use of equipment. It is possible to have an emergency needed for replacement parts. When this happens, ensure you are not sacrificing quality for convenience.
It is better to have regular replacement parts like brake components, fluids, and belts on hand for those machines you use regularly. That way, you can replace a faulty part and get back to work in no time. If the replacement is more complex, ensure you get your parts from a certified Cat dealer, so you get warranty coverage both on the new parts and your Cat equipment.
Finally, do not risk a faulty equipment part. Once you have identified a faulty component, get a replacement from your local dealer or online, and install as soon as possible.