Troubleshooting Tips

Rousselle and Heim presses are rugged and durable. With proper use, care, and maintenance, Rousselle and Heim presses will provide many years of dependable service.

Prompt corrective action when trouble is suspected is not only a good safety habit but will usually result in a minimum of down time and costs for repairs. Small problems could develop into large ones and may also result in a serious accident or damage to the press itself unless corrected immediately.

Although the press may seem to run without any apparent extra effort, continuous overloading does add additional strain to the press components which will result in part failure. Caution must be exercised when selecting the tonnage requirement for a certain job.

We have listed some general guidelines that when followed can save the press from damage and possible injury to the operator:

Do not overload your power press.

Do not use material which exceeds the capacity rating of the press.

Equally distribute the load over the length of the bed area. Never run an off centered load.

Lubricate as specified. Do not overgrease the clutch.

Be alert for unusual symptoms and take corrective action promptly.

Replace worn or damaged parts immediately.

For the convenience of the user, we have separated the trouble shooting tips into sections. These tips are offered as an aid. They are not intended to be complete nor is the order in which they appear relative to their importance. We have shown some typical “problems” and their “probable causes.” If the desired information is not on this list, do not hesitate to call the factory for assistance.


Problem: Brake Overheats, Smokes, or Squeaks
Probable Cause:
New linings with high spots
Oil or grease on lining
Improper brake adjustment
Excessive inching

Problem: Damage to Gibs
Probable Cause:
Improper or lack of lubrication
Improper adjustment
Not parallel with slide
Off center loading
Mounting bolts loose

Problem: Main Motor Overheats
Probable Cause:
Press overloaded
Slide is binding
Gibs are too tight
Excessive weight attached to slide
Faulty motor wiring
Incorrect power supply
Improper counterbalance pressure
Improper or lack of lubrication

Problem: Excessive Clearance at Connecting Rod Bushing
Probable Cause:
Bolts loose in caps on split type connecting rods
Press overloaded
Improper lubrication
Foreign matter between connecting rod bushings
Loose or worn bushings

Problem: Oil Leaks From Bearing Seals
Probable Cause:
Improper lubricant
Worn or damaged seal
Worn bushing
Too much lubricant
Foreign matter under seal
Scored shaft

Problem: Slide Binds When Cycled
Probable Cause:
Press overloaded
Not enough clearance in dies
Gibs are too tight
Improper lubrication
Improper counterbalance pressure
Improper brake adjustment
Broken, bent, or cracked shafts
Off-center loading
Slide not parallel to bed

Problem: Gear or Bearing Noises
Probable Cause:
Bent or broken shafts
Worn bearings or bushings
Worn or damaged gear or pinion
Loose pinion or gear keys
Lack of lubrication
Gears out of time
Excess backlash and wear as a result of overloading

Problem: Adjusting Screw Damaged
Probable Cause:
Adjusting out too far
Nylon plug not between connecting rod locking bolt and adjusting screw
Press overloaded
Locking screw too tight

Problem: Slide Adjusting Screw Binding
Probable Cause:
Foreign matter in screw or worm
Worn or damaged threads in screw or worm
Inadequate lubrication
Excessive upper die weight
Inadequate air pressure or supply for presses with powered slide adjustment only
Improper counterbalance pressure
Slide not level(double crank presses)
Locking bolt not loosened
Gibs too tight
Loose screws on adjusting screw block cap
Improper clearance between adjusting screw block

Problem: Clutch Dragging or Heating
Probable Cause:
Clutch cover over tightened causing dishing
Improper clutch assembly
Weak or broken springs
Restricted air lines or exhaust
Dirt or rust on spline or between friction and clutch plates
Flywheel bearings over greased, forcing the grease into the clutch plates
Brake shoe(s) adjusted too tight

Problem: Loss of Tonnage
Probable Cause:
Low air pressure or air supply to to the press
Inadequate piping to press
Pressure regulator set too low
Brake too tight or not releasing
Clutch slipping
Air leak
Lack of lubrication
Incorrect counterbalance pressure
Belts slipping
Motor not running properly
Flywheel running too slow
Worn clutch piston

Problem: Press Stopping Not Uniform
Probable Cause:
Improper brake adjustment
Grease or oil on brake lining
Counterbalances not properly adjusted
Clutch cover dished
Worn or glazed brake linings
Weak or broken clutch springs
Dirt or rust between friction plates and clutch plates
Dirt or rusted on spline
Restricted exhaust on air valves
Restricted or damaged air lines to brake or air swivel and clutch
Loose or leaking air line fittings
Dirty air valves
Excessive air pressure to clutch

Problem: Press Not Stopping at Top Center
Probable Cause:
Rotary cam L.S. position not properly adjusted
Improper brake adjustment
Restricted air valve exhaust port and/or quick exhaust valve when used
Improper air counterbalance adjustment

Problem: Flywheel Dragging-Does Not Turn Freely
Probable Cause:
Excessive or improper grease
Worn or damaged bearings
Clutch dragging
Belts too tight
Clutch cover over tightened