Keeping Your Forklift Truck In Excellent Working Order


When your business uses forklift trucks, you must maintain these vehicles correctly to keep them in excellent working order. The maintenance of these vehicles can depend on the type of forklift truck you have, as there are various fuels it may use. The common fuels you see powering forklifts trucks include:

  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • LPG
  • Electric

However, there are some basic checks you will want to do no matter what type of fuel system your forklift uses, and you will want to get into the habit of checking the vehicles regularly. Below are some tips to help you plan your maintenance schedule for your forklift trucks in your workplace to keep them in excellent condition and ensure they are always ready for use.

Daily Checks For Your Forklift

Depending on the powerplant for your forklift, you will want to check this every day. If your forklift is diesel, LPG, or petrol powered, check the fuel levels, and ensure the oil pressure is okay. You will also want to check the braided hose pneumatic lines to ensure they are tight and not leaking, and you will also want to check the tyres. Inspect the vehicle by walking around it and checking that the indicators and horn work correctly before using the forklift. Doing these checks every day will help keep it in excellent condition, ensure it is safe for use, and prolong the lifespan of the forklift truck.

Weekly Checks For Your Forklift

Once a week, you will want to give your forklift truck a more thorough inspection and go into more detail with what you are checking and doing to it. You will want to check and top off the fluid levels of the hydraulic and transmission systems and check if there is sufficient oil. Check the lines and pipes for cracks and replace these when they start to look worn. Check the battery levels, ensure it retains plenty of charge, and check the terminals to look for corrosion. You will also need to check the steering once a week and ensure this is working correctly and do brake checks to ensure you can stop moving when you need to.

Create A Schedule & Follow Manufacturers Guidelines

Ensure that you have regular maintenance checks of your forklift trucks and train your employees to do these checks when scheduled and document the results. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for your forklift trucks, and you can help keep your vehicle in excellent condition and ensure it is safe to use in your workp