Winters can be harsh for your forklifts and operators, but proper preparation and maintenance can position your business for a profitable season. Follow these nine forklift winterization tips to help ensure longer uptime during the cold months ahead!
1. Clean, flush and add new antifreeze in the cooling system.
We recommend doing this annually.
2. Check the tire pressure and tread depth.
If you have a lot of snow and ice in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. Tire pressure should be checked weekly.
3. Remember to change the oil and filter at recommended intervals.
Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate.
4. Check critical components and fluids.
Have your technician check the fuel air, hydraulic and transmission filters.
5. Due for a tune-up? Do it before it gets cold!
Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
6. Have the brakes checked.
Confirm that the lift truck’s braking system is working properly.
7. Cold weather can be hard on batteries.
Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
8. Have the exhaust system checked for Carbon Monoxide leaks.
Monoxide leaks can be especially dangerous during cold weather while stored inside buildings.
9. Check all warning lights, work lights and taillights to ensure they are operating properly.
Lights help keep forklift operators and surrounding employees safe.