Spring Maintenance Tips for your Forklift
Spring has arrived in NE Pennsylvania, and so we anticipate the promise of warmer weather and longer days. But as we eagerly await golf, gardening, and all things outdoors; let’s shift to getting your forklifts ready for warmer weather. Just as we work to get our homes in tiptop shape, spring is the perfect time to make sure your forklifts and material-handling equipment are well maintained. Here are some tasks to put on your spring maintenance to-do list:
- Check 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
Top performance from your lift trucks and reducing downtime is always a goal, but proactive maintenance in the spring will help prevent the loss of production caused by hot weather failure. Connect with your forklift service provider now to address your warm weather maintenance needs. Things your service tech will check:
- 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 any 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 any damaged wires and clean corrosion that can build up
- Hydraulic system including the pump, cylinders, hoses, and valves - look for any leaks and wear
If you have an electric forklift, your service tech will check the battery. If it’s old or corroded and not putting out proper voltage, your forklift will not run at its correct capacity—or not at all. So it’s essential to clean the corrosion or replace the battery entirely. Be sure to continuously check the water levels in each cell of the battery. Extreme heat can cause water to evaporate quicker.
Remember, the hotter the weather, the harder the system will run. Increased heat and humidity force the components to work harder than usual and wear at a faster rate. So connect with your forklift service provider for a proactive maintenance plan, one that helps your forklifts run better when things heat up. In Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and surrounding areas, contact Action Lift today. We are ready to be your material-handling solutions partner.