Forklifts are large pieces of machinery and large pieces of machinery tend to sometimes overheat. The dangers of overheating include, but are not limited to, fires, mechanical failure, damaged load, and burns on the operator. Because of dangers like those, it is very important that you keep your forklifts from running too hot.
Most of the time, if your forklift is running hot, your radiator is to blame. The answer may be as simple as refilling your fluids, or you may have to dig a little deeper to find the answer. More often than not, if it’s not your fluids, it is debris that is stopping up your air flow. One great thing about warehouses, is that most put a LOT of debris into the air, and the forklifts act like like vacuums and suck the debris right up!
That’s where you come in. It is your job to make sure that your forklift stays clean of debris. The simplest way you can do this is with some good ol’ fashioned compressed air! You can use the compressed air to clean out your radiator in a jiffy.
First of all, you are going to want to use your hands to clean out any and all large debris, you may be surprised about what you can find inside your forklift! Then you’ll want to start blowing the air at your radiator. NOTE: THIS WORK IS BEST DONE OUTSIDE WITH A DUST MASK! A dust mask to protect your lungs, and outside to protect the lungs of your fellow coworkers.
When you are using the compressed air, be sure to spray out the entire radiator, not just the center! Clean out the edges, and both sides. This will help insure that your radiator is fully clean. Once you are done, your forklift should run well, without any overheating problems! If the problem is a recurring one however, and repeatedly cleaning does not fix it, you should bring the problem up with your supervisor or whoever services your companies forklifts.