Top 5 Winter Tips for Protecting Your Forklifts

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Preparing your forklift for snow

Forklift preventative maintenance is essential to keep your forklifts in top condition. During the winter months, cold weather can wreak havoc on your equipment, causing everything from engine cracks to clogged oil to dead batteries. By properly winterizing your forklifts, you can keep them protected and running at peak performance. Here’s our top five tips for how to winterize your forklift.

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1. Check and Replace Fluids

The fluids in your forklift play a critical role in making sure the machine runs properly. Before cold weather hits, check all your fluids and lubricants to make sure they are at the right levels. Engine coolant is especially important, as it protects the engine from cold weather damage. If your antifreeze is weak, it could freeze and damage your engine. By cleaning, flushing and adding antifreeze before the winter months, you can avoid major damage to your forklift.

2. Charge the Batteries

Cold weather zaps battery power and shortens its lifespan. If your forklift battery power is low due to summer use, it will quickly die in the cold if it has not been recharged. Before winter, charge your battery and make sure your charging system is in good condition. You’ll also want to check the battery cables to make sure they are clean and at the maximum charge.

3. Prepare Your Tires

Tires can easily lose air pressure when temperatures drop, so it’s important to check and replenish your tire pressure in preparation for the change in weather. You’ll also want to check your tread depth and consider putting chains on your tires to ensure they will maintain their grip on slippery surfaces.

If you live in an area where snowy and icy conditions are common during the winter, you may want to consider changing out your regular tires for specialized snow and ice tires that are designed to grip slick roads.

4. Inspect Your Brakes

Brakes are a crucial safety component to your forklift, especially during the winter months. When you encounter harsh weather conditions, reliable braking can help prevent harm and injury. Inspect the brakes before you use your forklift to ensure your brake system is working properly, and make any necessary repairs ahead of time.

5. Schedule a Service Appointment

If you’re due for any maintenance or service, now is the time to schedule an appointment. A professional tune-up is one of the best ways to make sure your machines are ready to handle cold weather conditions. At RAKA, we offer a range of preventative maintenance services for your forklift. From fluid analysis to battery maintenance, we will evaluate exactly what your forklift needs and perform all services to ensure it runs smoothly, even during the harsh winter months.

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us at 888-404-7252 or complete our online contact form and we will get back to you shortly.

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