Forklift Winterization tips from MCFA
Preparing Your Forklift Fleet For Winter
Winters can be harsh on 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 months ahead.
- Cold weather is hard on batteries. Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
- Clean, flush, and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every year.
- Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your operation, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
- Be diligent about changing 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.
- Check critical components and fluids. Have your technician check the fuel, air, hydraulic and transmission filters at the same time.
- If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
- Have the brakes checked. Confirm that the lift truck’s braking system is working properly.
- Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks. Monoxide leaks can be especially dangerous during cold weather while stored inside buildings.
- Check all warning lights, work lights and tail lights to ensure they are operating properly. Proper work lights help keep forklift operators and other employees safe.