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5 Essential Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Forklift Running Smoothly in a Factory Setting

Maintaining your forklift fleet is crucial for minimizing downtime and reducing repair costs. Shades Industrial Forklift technicians, who are among the best in the business, have provided these five essential tips to keep your forklifts running smoothly in a factory setting.


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1. Tires


One of the simplest yet most overlooked aspects of forklift maintenance is checking the tires. Our experts frequently encounter fleets operating on worn or improperly inflated tires. Ensuring that pneumatic tires are at the correct pressure can prevent accidents and enhance performance. Make sure your forklifts are equipped with tires suited to your specific facility's conditions. Regular tire inspections and maintenance are key to keeping your fleet operational and safe.


2. Brakes


The condition of your forklift's brakes is critical for safety and performance. As forklifts age, brake wear can lead to significant issues. It's essential to address brake problems as soon as they arise. Operators should be trained to recognize when brakes are becoming "squishy" or less responsive. Prompt brake maintenance can prevent accidents and costly repairs, ensuring your fleet remains reliable and safe.


3. Change Your Oil


Unlike your family car, tracking forklift mileage for oil changes can be tricky. To keep your

forklifts running efficiently, our technicians recommend changing the oil every 250 miles or every year, whichever comes first. Regular oil changes enhance fuel efficiency, extend engine life, and improve overall performance. Neglecting this simple task can lead to problems such as catalytic converter damage and engine buildup, which are costly to repair.

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4. Battery Maintenance


Proper battery maintenance is essential for electric forklifts. Batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, and improper charging can significantly shorten their lifespan. Our mechanics advise charging batteries at the end of every eight-hour shift or when they reach 30% capacity. Avoid leaving batteries on the charger beyond full charge to prevent damage. It's important to regularly check and maintain battery fluids and keep batteries at a safe operating temperature. Extreme conditions can drastically reduce battery life.


5. Moving Part Maintenance


Friction is the enemy of any machinery, and forklifts are no exception. Keeping the moving parts of your forklift fleet well-lubricated is crucial for safe and efficient operation. Regularly grease all moving components to minimize friction and wear. This simple maintenance step can prevent breakdowns and extend the lifespan of your forklifts.


By following these five essential maintenance tips, you can ensure that your forklift fleet remains in top condition, minimizing downtime and repair costs. If you have any questions or concerns about your fleet, don’t hesitate to contact our technicians at (765)866-0011. They are the best in the business and can help you keep your forklifts in shape.

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