Track Adjustment Procedures

Track Adjustment Procedures Forwards:
Incorrectly adjusted track can cost you money both in accelerated undercarriage wear and downtime.
If the track is too tight damaging non-productive loads are placed on the undercarriage and its manual components,Tight track accelerates track wear and reduces tractor drawbar horsepower.
Adjustment procedures take only a few minutes and require only one person.

When adjusting your track on any Caterpillar machine:
1. Always adjust the track in the working area.
2. Do not try to squeeze any packing material from in between the track.
3. Never loosen the relief valve more than one turn. Grease and oil are under extreme pressure and can penetrate the body, causing serious injury.

Track Adjustment Procedures:
Elevated Sprocket Tractors
1. Move the tractor forward and let it coast to a stop without applying the brakes. Make sure slack is  between the sprocket and front idler. Then park the machine and turn off the engine. Place a tight line
over the grouser tips from the sprocket to the front idler.

2. For machines without carrier rollers, measure the distance “A” from the line to the grouser tip at the lowest point of sag. For machines with carrier rollers, measure the distance from the line to the grouser tips in two places at the lowest point of sag between the front idler and carrier roller “A” and between the carrier roller and sprocket “B.” Then average the two measurements.

3. If your track requires adjustment, locate the hydraulic fill and relief valve in the rear roller frame, and remove the in spection cover. Using a manual grease gun,add grease at the adjustment mech a nism
to tighten the track. To loosen the track, open the relief valve and allow grease to escape. Then close the relief valve.

4. Operate the machine in forward and reverse, then re-measure track tension.To avoid damage to internal roller frame components, do not allow the length of the exposed tube “B” to exceed the dimensions