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How to Proper Maintain Forklift Parts
2016-04-06

As far as we know, although forklift is a hardy and durable machine, its parts will wear or break in the long run, thus need to be replaced eventually. This is an irreversible fact, and the only thing we can do is to take good maintenance of the forklift’s components to prolong their service life. In fact, the maintenance of many components of a forklift truck is much like maintaining your car, after all, a Forklift Parts is still a truck with an engine, axle, wheels, steering mechanism, ignition systems, lights and parts that function much like those of a car or commercial vehicle. It is only in the lifting and loading mechanism that you need to follow special maintenance procedures.

To maintain a forklift, first of all, you should check the engine by turning it on. Pay attention to the way it sounds and be conscious of any knocks or misses. Be aware of any squealing that might indicate loose or worn out belts. Check for leaks or holes in the exhaust system. Then, drive the forklift forwards, backwards and in circles and try to notice if there are any slips. Inspect the tires and see whether they are in good condition or need replacement.

You know, a forklift, like your car, has gauges and devices which warn you if parts of your truck are not functioning properly. Make sure that warning lights and the horn are working. Check the bulbs, cab lights, back-up lights and outside lights. Go over the wiring, check for loose connections and see whether any of the wires are frayed.

The next step is to check the power supply. If your forklift is battery-driven, inspect the terminals, cables and connectors. Also, check the fill levels of the battery water. Next, inspect the clutch pedal, the steering cylinder and the drag links. Look out for any leaks in the system. Then, move on to the mast and look for any hydraulic leaks in the lines. See whether you need to replace any O-Rings or fittings. Inspect the forks for chips, cracks or rust.

Then, once the checking and testing are done, it's time to carry out the repairs or replacements listed in your checklist. Replace the filters and change the oil in the forklift. Top up the battery water and the anti-freeze in the cooling system. Replace burned out bulbs and wires. Lubricate all the fittings including the drive axle, tie-rod ends and the hoist mechanism. Make note of replacements that have to be handled by a professional technician. Finally, keep your forklift spic and span. Spray it clean and wipe it down.

Always remember that regular maintenance is an important factor to ensure the proper performance of your forklift. Maintenance costs are much worth than repairing costs.