A good forklift is an important piece of equipment in many industries. Without a working forklift, many jobs become impossible to do properly. Like any good tool, your company’s Taylor forklift requires regular maintenance and parts replacement. Forklifts carry out difficult and intensive work on a daily basis, which leads to wear and tear on various parts. Just like an automobile or a tractor, a forklift requires regular replacement and maintenance of parts to perform at its best.
Regular Service Items
- Hose replacement: your forklift contains various rubber hoses such as hose for power steering, reservoir, hydraulics and others. Other rubber parts need to be replaced regularly, such as the wheel and master cylinders. In general, these rubber parts should be replaced every 4,000 hours of use or every two years.
- The forklift chain: Another part of your forklift that is heavily stressed is the lifting chain. In addition to regular maintenance, your load chain should be replaced every three years or after 6,000 hours of use. Regular inspections can tell you if the load chain is in good condition. Signs that you need maintenance include chain sagging and stretching.
- Management issues: a lack of responsiveness and strange noises could be a sign of a steering problem. A steering problem can have several underlying causes. These causes can include hydraulic problems, damaged gears, loose pressure valves, tires that are not properly aligned, and low steering fluid levels. You should also check your steering fluid to make sure it isn’t old or contaminated. Thickened or discolored fluid is a sign that you need to completely replace your steering fluid.
- The lift truck does not start: When a forklift won’t turn on, the problem is most likely with the power source. An electric forklift can have a weak, damaged or discharged battery. Combustion engine forklifts should have the fuel checked for low levels, leaks, or age. Other things to check include oil and coolant levels, as low fluid levels can prevent some forklifts from starting.
Other Common Problems
Although many service items require professional maintenance, general maintenance items can often be handled without the help of a professional. However, if you feel you lack the skills or tools to perform any maintenance item, you should contact a professional to avoid possible damage or ineffective service or repairs on your forklifts. Common service items include.
- Replacing filters when they become clogged prevents damage to the engine, intake and other systems.
- Liquid refills can also be processed quickly. If the existing fluid is still in good condition and is simply low, a refill with fresh fluid is often all that is needed.
- Visual inspections can quickly detect any issues that need to be addressed. This includes problems or repair needs that you can solve yourself or those that require a professional.
- Finally, be sure to check your batteries to make sure they are properly charged and recharge them if necessary if possible. Old batteries that do not charge properly should be replaced as soon as possible.
Regular maintenance of your forklifts not only keeps them in top working order, but can also help them last longer. By ignoring maintenance needs and not replacing old parts, you greatly increase the risk of total failure and costly repairs in the future. Being mindful of maintenance needs can save you money in the long run.