Every application affects undercarriage wear differently and requires proper track adjustment. Adjust the track in the underfoot conditions in which the machine is working. For example, if track that is correctly adjusted for a non-packing application is put into a packing situation, packing materials will increase track tension, making the track adjustment too tight. Added track tension increases both the load and the wear on all mating components of the undercarriage. Improperly adjusted track can result in problems and wear on other components such as:
- Bushing and sprocket wear. Tight track increases loads, which advances wear. Wear occurs as the bushing rotates and/or slides in the sprocket.
- Link, track roller, and idler wear. To a lesser extent, tight track increases loads between the links, rollers, and idlers. This particularly accelerates wear on the idlers.