Forklifts and lift trucks, like other vehicles and machines, require regular maintenance and care. As forklifts develop general wear and tear, they will also sometimes require routine or unique repairs. Maintaining or repairing a forklift is not as difficult as it seems, adhering to a stringent schedule and prompt address of any performance issues can result in optimal performance and prolonged longevity of any forklift. Here are four tips to help any owner properly maintain any fork lift truck.
1) Maintain Fluid Levels
Checking the antifreeze prior to use is essential. The same can be said for the gas and hydraulic fluids. All fluids must be at a sufficient level prior to operation or the effects can be disastrous. When a forklift has little to no antifreeze, it can overheat and or even freeze. Inspect the reservoir and radiator for any leaks that may cause reductions in levels. In addition, add brake and hydraulic fluid as needed.
2) Regularly Change Oil
Changing oil in a forklift is similar to changing oil in a car. Regular oil replacement enhances longevity and lifespan. Change oil every three months to increase fuel economy, improve overall performance and prevent combustion problems. Oil maintains fluid operations of the forklift’s engine which in turn also maximizes its performance.
3) Keep All Moving Parts Lubricated
This is an often unsung yet essential facet of proper maintenance of a forklift. Most moving joints, or parts, of the forklift are greased. These parts are lubricated to prevent a host of potentially harmful effects due to friction. Ensuring that all these fittings are greased on a regular basis can provide optimal results. In addition, making sure to remove all worn out ball bearings can also assure that the forklift operates smoothly and efficiently. Utilizing WD-40 can help prevent or mitigate the build-up of rust which can also be instrumental in creating friction and harmful wear and tear. If left untreated, some of these parts can ultimately malfunction due to the parts being excessively worn.
4) Keep Forklift Gauges Functioning Properly
The various gauges and lights located on the instrument panel of the forklift give an indication when a part or component is malfunctioning. Therefore, attention must be paid to these instruments and the appropriate measurements taken whenever they indicate any faults. Taking the initiative will prevent more expensive repairs later. In the event of a repair, the revelation is early enough for intervention to be swift. A great method to handle any repair or keep any forklift functioning properly is by acquiring recycled parts. This is both a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to assure continuous value and optimization of all forklift materials. Recycling parts can save any business money. Recycled parts do not lack quality; they are simply revamped to specification after being used extensively. Recycling parts is a common practice used among many forklift owners and has provided wonderful results as well.