Add your forklifts to this year’s spring cleaning checklist
After months of snow and record breaking temperatures, it may be time to show your forklifts some much needed attention. As we look forward to the warmer days ahead, we must first shift toward making sure that your forklifts and all other material handling equipment are running at peak performance.
Here are a few simple things that should be included on your forklift maintenance checklist:
- Check your batteries, cables, electric wires, and spark plugs for wear and tear
- Inspect hoses and valves for leaks or breaks in sealing
- Check fluids for proper levels, color, and odor
In addition to checking for current issues, it is also important to consider preventative forklift maintenance. This will ultimately help avoid the loss of production caused by summer weather failures.
You can also consult with your local forklift service technician on how to best address your warm weather maintenance needs.
- Hoses- to make sure there are no splits or cracks
- Engine coolant- to see if the correct coolant is being used
- Thermostat- to be sure it is working properly
- Fan and fan belt- to remove and debris and replace if worn or broken
- Radiator screen- blowout any built up debris
- Fluids and filters- top off and change if needed
- Wiring- replace and damaged wires and clean corrosion that can build up
- Hydraulic system including the pump, cylinders, hoses and valves for any leaks and wear
Don’t forget your tires, steering and brakes!
- Tires- Check the forklift’s front & rear tire pressure. Note any cuts, chunking or shredding
- Steering- No binding, no excessive play
- Brakes- It is important to ensure the brake pedal does not fall to the floor and has enough resistance to create a safe stopping distance.