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Basic Forklift maintenance Checklist


You have a lot of money invested in your forklift. To insure that investment, you need to do preventative maintenance on your forklift regularly. Whether you do the maintenance yourself or you hire it out, Forklift Maintenance should be done properly.

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Start the Forklift and run a short while, while listening to the engine performance. Listen to any off sound or miss. Listen to any screaming caused by belts. Check for any exhaust leaks. Drive forklift back and forth to check for drift and to observe any wheel issues. Shut off the engine.

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When performing preventive maintenance on your forklift, you must first verify horn, gauges, safety warning devices, cab lights, backup lights, and overhead guard for proper function. Check for burned out bulbs and possibly the device still does not work, check the wiring and make repairs.

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Next in your forklift preventative maintenance procedure is to check the battery compartment. Clean the battery terminal covers and battery cables and battery connectors. Open every cell caps and check the cells for proper fill levels and filled with water as needed. Apply Protectant on the connectors to prevent corrosion. Leave the battery disconnected cables.

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Drain the oil from your forklift. Change the oil filter, change the hydraulic filter, transmission filters, fuel filters and air filter. Before installing the new filter, use a permanent marker to write the date on the new filter. Check all fluid levels and fill as needed. Check anti-freeze in the cooling system.

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Inspect drive shaft when you are under the machine. If there is a grease fitting, make sure to lubricate the drive shaft.

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Check the straps to lift the engine. Check for cracks and Fraysse Track.

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Perform a visual inspection of the forklift’s exhaust system. Go for any cracks or holes in the exhaust system.

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Look at the tires on the forklift for any cracks or signs of excessive wear. At an air-filled tires, check tread. Check differential fluid.

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Check the clutch pedal on your forklift. Check the steering cylinder and drag links. Check for leaks or bends in the system.

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Continue to the flag and look at the hydraulic hoses for any leaks. If there are any leaks in the hydraulic system in your forklift, tight lines. If this does not solve the leaks, fittings may be necessary to amend or an o-ring may need to be replaced.

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While inspection hoist, look at forks and mast to see if there are no visible cracks or chips. Look for any bowing or bends in the forks. Each of these must be noted on your checklist and marked with the owner and operator as a potentially dangerous action which should be examined further.

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Lubricate all fittings on your forklift. This will include the hoisting mechanism and tie-rod ends.

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Checking the wheel bearings are listed on preventive maintenance checklists. But it is usually done by replacing the brakes on forklifts. Unless there are some signs in the first run check of forklift that can be a problem with wheel bearings, it is recommended to check the wheel bearings. More harm than good can be done by checking wheel bearings.

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Connect the battery cables and start the lift again. Listen again for any unusual noises.

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Finally, a good preventive maintenance operation on your forklift includes some cleaning. Wipe down the forklift and use a spray for cleaner strong enough to clean forklifts.