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Spring Forklift checklist
01 May 2020
Delta Materials Handling

Spring Forklift Maintenance Checklist | Delta Materials

As the temperature outside begins to rise and we enter into the spring season, now is a good time to check on the condition of your forklifts and perform any maintenance that may be necessary. Regular maintenance and checkups on your vehicles are important to keep them in great working condition and to prevent further damage. Below is a list of some key parts of your forklift that should be inspected.

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  1. Exterior Inspection: A visual inspection of the exterior should be performed to guarantee that the forklift is safe for use. This includes visible oil leaks, cracks or rust formation. 
  2. Tires: The tires should be checked for correct pressure and satisfactory condition per the recommended specifications. If there is excessive wear, holes, chipping or other visible damage to your tire, it might be time for a replacement, otherwise, you risk popping a tire while carrying heavy loads. 
  3. Seatbelt: The seatbelt is one of the most important safety features on your vehicle as it protects the driver from serious injuries, therefore it is important to ensure that your seatbelt is functioning correctly. You will need to check that there is no fraying, holes, tears or other physical evidence of wear and tear, check that the buckle can be securely fastened, and check that the retractor operates correctly by pulling the seatbelt quickly and firmly to test its responsiveness.
  4. Interior Inspection: A visual check of other interior elements should be performed and should include the steering wheel and the overhead guard. These should be inspected for any damage to ensure that their functionality has not compromised.
  5. Brakes: The brakes should be inspected for visual signs of damage, such as rust or normal wear on brake pads, and tested for proper functioning and responsiveness. 
  6. Forks: The forks should be checked for any visible cracks. Additionally, as the forks have been used, the heavy loads that they carry sometimes wear down and bend the forks themselves, therefore, it is important to check the thickness and the height of the forks to ensure that they have not been warped significantly.
  7. Loose Connections or Fittings: Check for any loose connections or fittings that could result in leaks, unnecessary vibration, or ineffective functioning of mechanisms. Parts that should be checked include the air intake system, the cooling system, and the steering wheel, as well as all other hardware, wiring, and hoses. These can usually be fixed with minor adjustments or tightening. 
  8. Fluid Levels: Sufficient fluid levels are necessary to disperse heat and can increase the lifetime of your vehicle. Some important fluids to check and top off include brake fluid, engine coolant, and transmission fluid. 
  9. Lubrication: Lubrication of elements that are excessively exposed to heat and friction is important to prevent further wear and damage. Some key parts to lube are bushings, bearings, and chains.
  10. Engine Fan and Belt: The engine should be checked, specifically the engine fan and the engine belt. The engine fan helps to disperse surface heat and the engine belt helps to distribute engine coolant, both of which help the engine to not overheat. These elements should be checked for cracks, heat damage or otherwise excessive wear that may result in their aging and drying out.

Delta Materials Handling is the Mid-South's premier materials handling and forklift experts. We have been operating in the Mid-South since 1947 and have locations in Memphis, Tupelo, Jonesboro and Jackson, Tennessee. With more than 55 years of forklift maintenance service experience and a dedicated team of professionals, we are happy to assist you with any of your maintenance needs!

Give us a call at (800)-624-9771 to learn more about our new and used forklifts and our wide array of forklift parts or to schedule your spring forklift maintenance service! 

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