There will come a time when owners must consider replacing their rubber tracks. While most signs are quite visible, there are some that alert you before waiting for the worst to happen.

Here are four signs you need to replace your rubber track.

#1 Cracks are appearing on the tracks

As the exterior of the rubber track starts to break, these can quickly occur when working on solid grounds and rough terrain. Cracks will also appear when you scrape against curbs and walls when machines are operated in a certain way. It is important to set the machine away from direct sunlight to prevent heat tear.

#2 The sprockets are skipping over the lugs

If the sprockets engage the track, this could result in the same as two gears engaged. If the track is loose or the sprocket is worn out, this could lead to meshing and skip easily. The sprockets may also derail for the same reason.

#3 Your track is losing tension

Just like other rubber products, tracks will begin to stretch over time. As the owner, it is your duty to check the tension of the tracks daily or every few days. You will notice the lack of pressure given on the tracks by lifting the frame off the ground. Once the tension keeps slacking, this will allow the track to jump off and ultimately create more problems.

The loss of tension will occur over time, even with proper care and management. The heat may also play a role in extending the track too far which can lead to tiny leaks as well.

#4 The lugs are missing

Skid steer loaders are known for the lugs to come out of the track. This can be due to the damage that is caused by debris or sprockets that clip against them.

Once you start noticing these signs, it’s time to get them checked and replaced. Don’t wait too long or the damage might cost more than the replacement itself.

4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Rubber Track