When companies rely on forklifts for their daily operations, problems with this equipment can bring their work to a halt. In addition to stopping production, overlooking the need for forklift repairs can result in devastating injuries, property damages, and inventory losses, among many other things. As such, the ability to identify a developing or potential problem can save businesses substantial amounts of money and time. Here are several signs that you need forklift repair.

1. Tires Have Visible Evidence of Wear

Forklift tires typically have the ability to stand up to thousands of pounds. However, this massive amount of pressure and weight invariably leads to rapid wear. It also makes these tires more susceptible to damages due to debris or rough spots on flooring surfaces. The potential for encountering such debris is possible even on the smoothest of concrete floors.

There are three things that you should look for when checking your forklift tires for visible wear. These are:

  • Areas of rubber that have peeled away or come off in sizable chunks
  • Flattening in areas that diminish the well-rounded appearance of tires
  • Wear that extends beyond the defined “50% wear line”

The “50% wear line” on tires is frequently denoted by the company’s brand name etched along a tire’s side. Once a tire has worn to this point, its remaining lifespan can be measured in hours. For most forklift tires, this wear mark means that the unit will remain viable for about 100 more hours of use.

2. Overheating and Intense Fuel Odors

If your forklift starts overheating while emitting a strong fuel smell, this could mean that the fuel, air, or oil filter has clogged. This event decreases the overall efficiency of the machine, causes overheating, and greatly increases the risk of engine damage. Even if your filters have been recently inspected or changed, a forklift that’s exhibiting one or both of these symptoms should be immediately taken out of service and scheduled for inspection.

3. Noticeable Problems With the Forklift Blades

Like all other aspects of this equipment, forklift blades must be diligently inspected, professionally maintained, and repaired in a timely fashion. Problems here can lead to major safety and compliance issues. If the forks are defective or uneven, both loads of inventory and lives can be lost. Check the blades for evidence of cracking, problems locking them into position, and signs of imbalance or height differences.

A business can only be as productive and reliable as its essential equipment. Taking good care of your forklifts protects your workers, your goods, and your ability to deliver on target. For answers to all of your questions about forklift repairs or to learn more about our forklift repair and rental services, call Quick Lifts, LLC today.