Forklift Breakdown and Repair
Forklift Truck Breakdown and Repair Services
FORKLIFT BREAKDOWN AND REPAIR
A team of highly trained forklift engineers are available to look after all your forklift needs whether it be service, LOLER or repair. You can contact us today to find out how we could service your fleet's repairs.
WHAT IS FORKLIFT TRUCK BREAKDOWN AND REPAIR?
There will always be a time when your forklift needs repair. It might be something like a broken light, forklift not starting diagnostics, gearbox diagnostics, tyre changes, oil changes, or something more serious, like engine trouble. No matter the issue, it's important to know how to handle it so that you don't spend a fortune on repairs. This article will discuss some tips for cutting down on Forklift Repair Costs, as well as ways to deal with everyday issues.
Forklift Truck Not Starting? Check the Forklift Battery First
If your forklift won't start, the first thing you should check is the battery. A dead or dying battery is often the culprit when it comes to forklifts that won't start. If the battery is the problem, you can go to your forklift fleet management provider to resolve the issue.
Change Forklift Tyres When they are Worn Out
Another way to cut down on Forklift Repair Costs is to change your tyres when they are worn out. This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people wait until their tyres are completely bald before changing them. This puts extra strain on your forks and makes it more likely that you'll have a flat tire, which can be a pain (and expensive) to fix.
Changing hydraulic oil on your forklift
If your Forklift isn't lifting as high as it used to, or the forks seem to be slipping, it might be time to change the hydraulic oil. This is something that you can do yourself, and it's actually not that difficult. All you need is a few tools and some new hydraulic oil. Again, this is something that you can probably figure out how to do without spending a lot of money on repairs.
FORKLIFT TRUCK BREAKDOWN AND REPAIR WEST MIDLANDS
The one-stop shop nature of our service means that there isn’t a problem with forklift trucks that we can’t deal with, and that extends to our on-site breakdown service. Any business which is based within a 40-mile radius of our West Midlands location can call us when a forklift breaks down and, wherever possible, we’ll attend on the very same day. Our cover extends to all makes and models of forklifts and applies no matter what the age and condition of a particular truck is. Our team have been hand-chosen for their expertise and hands-on experience, and when this is combined with the range of spare parts we keep in stock it means that we’ve got what it takes to get any forklift truck back in action.
The peace of mind offered by our breakdown cover extends to its affordability. There’s no call out charge, no minimum fee and nothing added to cover the mileage involved or the time spent on site. It’s simple – give us a call when one of your forklifts isn’t running and we’ll solve the problem quickly and calmly, and we’ll only charge you for the work we do and any parts used.
When you buy, hire or lease a forklift truck from Atlas you get much more than just the forklift itself. You also get ongoing support which includes a comprehensive selection of attachments, spare parts and replacement tyres.
This comes with a range of maintenance and servicing packages and the security which comes from working with people who have been specialising in forklift trucks since 1983.
The one-stop shop nature of our service means that there isn’t a problem with forklift trucks that we can’t deal with, and that extends to our on-site breakdown service. Any business which is based within a 40-mile radius of our West Midlands location can call us when a forklift breaks down and, wherever possible, we’ll attend on the very same day.
Our team have been hand-chosen for their expertise and hands-on experience, combined with the range of spare parts in stock; we’ve got what it takes to get a forklift truck back in action.
WHY IS REGULAR FORKLIFT MAINTENANCE IMPORTANT?
Regular Forklift Maintenance is important for a number of reasons:
- It helps to prevent small problems from turning into big ones.
- It can help you catch problems before they become expensive to fix.
- It can extend the life of your Forklift and help you avoid having to buy a new one prematurely
FORKLIFT MAINTENANCE: TIME VS. OPERATING HOURS
How often you should perform Forklift Maintenance depends on a number of factors, including how much you use your Forklift and what kind of conditions it's subjected to. In general, though, it's a good idea to do some form of Forklift Maintenance at least once a year. If you use your Forklift heavily or subject it to harsh conditions, you might need to do Forklift Maintenance more often.
FORKLIFT TRUCK BREAKDOWN AND REPAIR - FAQ's
There are several reasons why a forklift may not start. The first thing to check is the battery. Is the battery plugged in and is it charged? Make sure you haven’t pressed the EPO (emergency power off) switch and check the start code. Check for warning lights and alerts and bear the conditions in mind. If it’s cold, for example, the forklift may need time to warm up. If you’ve tried all these forklift truck troubleshooting techniques, and your forklift still won’t start, it’s advisable to contact a technician.
Cold weather causes an array of issues for forklift truck drivers from minor problems to more complex repairs. The most common effects of cold temperatures on forklift trucks include failing to start, a frozen radiator or engine block and issues with the fuel filter. These can occur when the fuel filter sticks. To reduce risks, keep your truck indoors in a dry, secure garage, organise an antifreeze inspection before winter and fill your fuel tank before you park your truck for the night.
Forklift troubleshooting involves the owner or operator taking the truck to a trained technician at a hire provider or workshop. The technician will run a series of tests to diagnose issues and identify solutions. In some cases, there is a rapid solution. In others, repairs may take longer due to sourcing a part, for example.
Forklift truck fuel contamination occurs when microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and yeast, enter fuel systems. This is also true for water, leaves, dirt and debris that end up in the fuel through a lack of quality control.
Signs of fuel contamination include increased fuel consumption, clogged or blocked filters and impaired engine function. In some cases, the engine may stop working suddenly. It is very rare, but contamination can also cause a fuel leak.
There are guidelines to follow for optimum forklift battery charging. For the best results, charge the battery when the level dips under 30% and make sure you use the right charger for the battery depending on the output voltage and the AH (ampere hour) rating. Turn the charger off before attaching or disconnecting the battery. It’s important to maintain the charging cables and keep a watering log. Avoid charging too frequently and allow time for an even charge (up to 8 hours).
Dust can cause major issues for forklift trucks because it affects the moving components, causing wear and damage. Dust can also contaminate oil tanks and engine parts.
The most common causes of forklift breakdowns include problems with the lift or mast, starting issues, defective steering, engine overheating and worn tyres.
To prevent fuel contamination, it’s important to maintain the fuel tank, drain and replace filters, pass fuel through filtration systems during transportation and buy high-quality fuel from reputable providers. Store your forklift truck fuel in a secure facility. Store fuel at a temperature below 35 degrees for a maximum of 12 months.
HOW TO PERFORM FORKLIFT MAINTENANCE
If you choose to do Forklift Maintenance yourself, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind:
- Make sure that you have the right tools and supplies.
- Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
- Take your time, and don't rush through the process.
AtlasForklift carries out forklift repairs as part of their forklift hire service and is available to take out maintenance contracts for your own forklift fleet.