Preparing Your Forklift For Summer: An 8-point Checklist

Preparing Your Forklift For Summer: An 8-point Checklist
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14 Feb 2018

Routine maintenance of your handling equipment is an essential requirement. Not only to safeguard operators but also get the most out of the machinery. A forklift is going to be one of your most valuable assets, so it’s definitely worth looking after them. Taking care of your equipment means it will take care of you. It is more likely to work for longer and if something does go wrong it's more likely to be a small issue, rather than a big breakdown that cost you a lot of money for a replacement. Prevention is also better than cure. Catching something early and fixing it can save you a lot of time and expense in the future. This becomes even more important in the hot summer climate of Australia. We’ve created a quick 8-point checklist to ensure your forklift runs smoothly over the summer months.

1. Coolant

Checking coolant level and use the right coolant. Low levels of coolant cause engines to overheat, so frequently check the coolant levels. This can be done weekly and will also give you the opportunity to check for any leaks. It is important to use the correct coolant and avoid using water. Water has lower boiling point than coolant and can contribute to rapid engine overheating.


2. Fans

The radiator fan is an essential component of keeping engines cool. Fans regulate engine temperature by pulling away surface heat on the engine. It is worth checking fans for damage and corrosion as this will impact their performance.

3. Belts

The engine belt generates drives coolant through the engine. Extreme weather changes and conditions can cause corrosion to various engine elements including the fan belt.

4. Wiring and cables

Weather changes from the cold of winter to the heat of the summer can cause wires and the coating around them to become brittle, crack and break.


5. Hydraulics

Forklifts depend on hydraulics for steering as well as lifting. All fluids have the potential to evaporate so it is important to check the hydraulic reservoir. If the hydraulic fluid is running low, you might hear abnormal noises and slowing operation. It’s important to check levels so as not to reduce the chances of a breakdown. You can also check cylinders, tubing and valves for damage and leaks

6. Battery

Extreme heat can cause evaporation of battery fluids and corrosion. It’s a good idea to check the water level of the cells of the battery. In fact, forklift battery manufacturers often recommend watering batteries once a week and possibly more frequently for older batteries.

7. Tyres

Rubber deteriorates in heat and can crack. If you are using pneumatic tyres it is a good idea to think about pressures. In the heat of summer the air inside will expand causing increased pressure that could lead to a blow-out. It is worth checking the tyre pressure daily to ensure performance and lifespan of the tyre.


8. Maintenance

Your maintenance schedule is important in maintaining optimum forklift function and productivity. Most things slow down in the summer, but your forklift doesn’t have to. Regular maintenance will avoid most heat related problems with your forklift.
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