How Often Should I Get My Forklift Serviced?
Tips on forklift repair and servicing
If your idea of fixing a ‘check engine’ light is to cover it with duct tape, pay serious attention to this article; it might just save yourself a lot of pain and money.
While most modern cars can go for long stretches with just the occasional oil change and tyre inflation, forklifts—especially forklifts that are used many days of the year—require professional servicing at specific intervals.
The Australian standard is to have your forklifts serviced at least every six months or every 250 hours (depending on which comes first). Like many kinds of vehicles, a typical forklift’s major service intervals vary by age; for example, major services are due at 250 hours, 500 hours, 1000 hours, and 2000 hours.
By hiring through Aussie Forklift Hire, servicing your forklifts will just be one less thing you have to concern yourself with, since we take great care to ensure that all of our forklifts have been fully serviced and are available in excellent condition.
Troubleshooting a problematic forklift
One of the big benefits of hiring (rather than purchasing) your forklifts from Aussie Forklift Hire is that we guarantee quality forklifts that have been professionally maintained and serviced.
However, while we go to great lengths to ensure that all our forklifts sold are in pristine condition when they leave the factory floor, machines are not invulnerable from wearing down over time. When purchasing a forklift, it is up to you to ensure that they are properly maintained.
Besides the routine servicing mentioned in our previous email article, a breakdown checklist is essential for ensuring the longevity of your forklifts.
What can you do if your forklift fails to start?
Just like a car, there are many reasons why your forklift might not start. For example, if you have a gas-powered forklift, the problem might be something as simple as the gas bottle being depleted, or it could be that the LPG/Petrol switch is in the incorrect position.
Additionally, another common problem is accidentally leaving the forklift in reverse or forward gear when powering down. Just like a car, a forklift will not start in these gears (for obvious reasons). Another potential reason why a forklift might not start is due to the fact that most modern forklifts will not start if the driver doesn’t have his or her seatbelt connected.
However, sometimes the problem can be trickier to solve. One such example is a blocked air filter, which will cause the forklift to not start. Another problem might be a flat battery. If the forklift was exposed to prolonged electrical use without the engine running, a forklift—just like a car—can have its battery drained.
Furthermore, as mentioned in a previous article, a battery that is well beyond its use-by date is prone to rapid depletion. If your battery is draining much quicker than usual, it’s a very strong indicator that your battery needs replacement.