Top Four Signs of Wear and Tear on CTL Rubber Tracks

When to replace CTL Rubber Tracks and Common Problems that Cause Rubber Tracks to Fail

When it comes to working on a construction jobsite, project completion time and jobsite safety are two very important factors to consider. The replacement of your compact track loader’s rubber tracks can increase the safety of your jobsite and decrease project downtime. However, because your compact track loader’s tracks are constantly running over dirt and mud, it can sometimes be hard to see the signs of deterioration. Therefore, it may not be very clear when it is time to replace your CTL’s rubber tracks.

In this article, you will learn when to replace CTL rubber tracks and common problems that might additionally lead to premature failure. The last thing you want is to be left in the dark when it comes to your time and your money.

If you have been thinking about replacing your compact track loader’s rubber tracks and want some guidance on how to measure your rubber track size, feel free to refer to this similar article on measuring a mini excavator’s rubber track size to guide you in the right direction.

If you find that you need high-quality rubber tracks for your compact track loader or you have any questions about replacing your CTL’s rubber tracks, please feel free to contact us and one of our knowledgable staff members will help you.

Four Most Common Signs of Wear and Tear

Listed below are the four most common signs of wear and tear that can occur on your compact track loader.

Rubber Track Damage

Worn-Out Sprockets

Lack of or Excessive Track Tension

Unsafe Tread Depth

#1 Exterior Track Damage (Cracks, Missing Lugs, Exposed Cords)

When you notice exterior damage such as cracks, missing lugs, and or exposed cords on your CTL’s rubber tracks, this is usually the first sign that your rubber tracks need replacement. The rubber tracks of a compact track loader are very susceptible to exterior damage because of the constant usage on rough and rocky terrains.

Exterior damage can also accumulate if your compact track loader’s rubber tracks are constantly scraping walls or driving over curbs. Consistently coming in contact with a curb can cause de-tracking, but if your tracks stay in place the excessive stress from those curbs will eventually cause exterior track damage.

A common mistake that some contractors make is leaving their compact track loaders in direct sunlight where the rubber tracks are exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. These ultraviolet rays can cause dry-rotted tracks and you will also notice cracks and stress marks on your rubber tracks.

It’s easy to argue that exterior cracks on your CTL’s rubber tracks are not a convincing enough reason to replace the rubber tracks. However, one of the main reasons for replacing your compact track loader’s rubber tracks when you notice exterior cracks, missing lugs, and or exposed cords is track failure. Here are four steps demonstrating how quickly this track failure can occur.

From Exterior Cracks to Track Failure in 5 Steps

  1. Visible exterior cracks four or more inches deep

  2. Chunks of rubber fall off

  3. Internal wires and steel core are exposed to moisture

  4. Corrosion occurs

  5. Track Failure

As you can see, exterior tracks can ultimately cause unforeseen track failure. It is a smart idea to replace your compact track loader’s rubber tracks as soon as you notice even just exterior cracks. Replacing the rubber tracks on your CTL before you experience complete track failure, will save you valuable time and money in the long run.