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    Default Balloon trick for protecting hydraulic fittings

    Here's a cheap easy method of keeping the dirt, dust and moisture out of hydraulic hose connections. I got some balloons and cut the last 1/2" or so off the end, so it has a hole at both ends. Before I hook the hydraulic line to the tractor, I put the balloon over it and fold it back out of the way (the balloon on the top fitting in the picture is still folded back). Then I hook up the line and stretch the balloon back over the fitting (the balloon on the bottom fitting in the picture is stretched back over the fitting). It does a great job of keeping dirt and moisture out of the fitting, and catches any seepage.


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    Default Re: Balloon trick for protecting hydraulic fittings

    Cool. I wonder if an old bike inner tube would work. I'll try it sometime.

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    Default Re: Balloon trick for protecting hydraulic fittings

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( I wonder if an old bike inner tube would work.)</font>

    That's a good idea! It would be thicker, so it would last longer and hold up better to pressure washing. The balloons will deteriorate after a while and have to be replaced.

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    Default Re: Balloon trick for protecting hydraulic fittings

    Bicycle inner tubes work great as long as you get a slightly larger diameter than what you need to cover. You would think that they would stretch, but it is difficult to do so. Several months ago I installed a section of bicycle inner tube over the main wiring connector under the tractor and wire tied the ends of the inner tube tight. First I applied an electrical contact preservative to the connector's pins and sockets. I figured that the connector would probably get wet and muddy many times over the life of the tractor and that the protection could eliminate electrical trouble shooting down the road.

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