Keeping your forklifts running through the warmer seasons is important to your business’ productivity and is a key way to reduce costs and preserve the life of your forklift fleet.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A FORKLIFT?
When you purchase, lease or rent a forklift, you want to make sure your investment lasts. Use these 10 tips as a forklift maintenance checklist to help get your lift trucks ready to work during the spring and summer months ahead.
- Check your forklift's stats, including your forklift's service history, and inspect all sealed areas of the engine for oil links. Some environments may require more frequent service intervals.
- Inspect the air intake system for proper sealing.
- Look for wear and corrosion. Search the forklift's battery, cables, electrical wires and spark plugs for signs of wear and tear.
- Take a look at the cooling system. Check the radiator hoses clamps and cap.
- Look at your forklift's transmission fluid for the appropriate level, color and odor.
- Examine the brakes. Test the brake pedal height and free play operation for proper adjustment.
- Inspect for leaks. Check the pump, cylinders, hoses and valves for leaks, wear and/or proper settings.
- Examine the forks for cracks, height and appropriate thickness.
- Inspect the steering wheel. Test the condition of valves, rubber parts and hoses in the lift truck's steering wheel.
- Check the forklift's front and rear tire pressure. Note any cuts, chunking or shredding.
Regular use of a forklift inspection checklist should be a part of your fleet maintenance process to ensure greater uptime.
For help evaluating the right inspection processes for your lift trucks, contact your local dealer.