Do you own a construction company? Or maybe you just manage a large amount of inventory at a warehouse? Whatever the case may be, you probably utilize a forklift on a daily basis. In fact, it may be the piece of heavy machinery that is most used on-site. While it is true that forklifts are designed to be durable and long-lasting, when they are used consistently and under straining conditions, it is inevitable that they will endure wear and tear. Keep reading to learn about a few issues that you will likely have to deal with over the lifetime of your forklift and what you can expect from them.
Old and/or Damaged Tires
Similar to the vehicle that you drive on a daily basis, the rubber on the tires of your forklift will wear away eventually. As that rubber tread wears away, the operator of the machinery will begin to absorb additional shock. In addition, extended wear and tear will put excess strain on various other parts of the forklift, such as the brakes and wheel bearings. To ensure that a serious accident does not occur or that an employee does not suffer a long-term injury, a mechanic should replace tires when they have only one inch of tread left between the top of the tire and the lettering on the side of the tire. In addition, tires need to be replaced if they're torn, cracked, or chunking.
If you notice that your forklift is grinding as it is moving or having difficulty with raising and lowering the fork, it is a good possibility that fluid levels are low. Check to see if the fluids are where they need to be, and if they are, then the problem may be a rusted or cracked chain that requires replacement.
When you go to crank your forklift and it won't turn on, yet the battery is completely fine, you will need to take your machinery into a forklift service. The mechanic will look for blockages in the radiator, as well as depleted coolant levels. Both of these problems could result in the forklift's engine overheating and turning off. Luckily, both of these issues are common and easy to be diagnosed; however, other problems, such as a corroded radiator, aren't as easy to diagnose and require a trained professional to diagnose and repair.
For more information, contact companies like RDS Equipment, Inc.