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4 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Helical Gears

November 10, 2020

4 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Helical Gears

All manufacturers aim to produce the longest-lasting and consistent helical gears possible. However, even the best-produced gears can break down over time due to many unexpected factors.


To make sure your operations do not get dragged down due to helical gear issues, take note of the following:


Unusual Machine Noise

Grinding is a high-pitched sound that can emit from your machines if your helical gears are reaching the end of their lifespan. If you're hearing this noise from a brand-new machine, it's possible that the gears have become misaligned. However, it's highly likely you'll need to have the grinded gears replaced to maintain the machine's stable performance.


A Lingering Burning Smell

In addition to the high-pitched grinding noise, helical gears in need of replacement emit a distinct burning smell. This is different from the typical machine or motor heat that has its own characteristic scent. When you smell something is off, shut down the machine and call your trusted technicians right away.


In Use for More Than 10 Years

Passing decades and aging will never be kind to gears and machines. Over time -- and even with continuous maintenance and consistent lubrication -- gears will misalign and grinds will become inevitable. If your machine has gone above the 10-year mark, you may benefit from looking into repairs or possible replacements due to obsolescence.


Does Not Yield the Right Amount of Force

Machines that have aged will never yield the right amount of force or torque required for the task. For example, a car with a grinded and poorly-performing helical gear will fail to perform properly and can break down at any time.


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