Softening up seals

Problem: Installing new seals in a hydraulic or pneumatic system might be a chore because of seal stiffness.
By Staff May 1, 1999

Problem: Installing new seals in a hydraulic or pneumatic system might be a chore because of seal stiffness. Warming new seals often softens them nicely, but what if no hot plate is available?

Solution: In the field, seals can be at least partially softened by placing them under your armpit for a few minutes.

Contributor: Ronald R. Gould, VP/Engineering, Advance Lifts, Inc., St. Charles, IL

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