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Operating a forklift takes a great toll on the engine. In particular, the forklift can get brutally hot and wind up overheating from a full day of towing cargo and moving around the workplace. In order to protect your forklift engine, it’s particularly important that you make sure to take great care in maintaining it. One of the most vital aspects of caring for your forklift is making sure that you protect your engine from overheating. In order to properly care for your forklift, you need to protect your cooling system. This post explains the many hazards that can result to the forklift cooling system, and we also provide some tips that will keep your forklift from overheating even when it is put through heavy workloads.
Why you need to take care of your radiator
The radiator is one of the most important components of the forklift cooling system. It performs the necessary task of diverting heat away from the engine. By throwing cool air toward the engine, the radiator makes sure that the engine does not overheat. Anyone who’s ever had their car engine overheat can blame their radiator. Forklift operators also need to care for their radiator cap, as the radiator cap keeps the boiling point elevated enough so that the engine is less likely end up overheating.
Causes for forklift overheating
There are many ways that the engine can overheat. First of all, a loose belt and damaged pulley can result in overheating. In addition, if the engine head is damaged or there is engine seizure, you will also find that your engine overheats. It is important that forklift operators keep a close eye on components of the engine. If you ever notice that there is burning to any of the engine components, this is a clear sign of overheating and the parts should be fixed. Burnt valves and piston rings, as well as a blown head gasket, all signal that your engine is overheating.
Don’t forget to inspect
Inspecting the cooling system on a regular basis is the simplest way to prevent the forklift engine from overheating. It is also important to replace the hoses n a regular basis, as well as the coolant fluids. Additionally, conduct pressure tests with the radiator cap to make sure that it is in good working condition. Don’t wait for your engine to overheat before conducting proper maintenance.
The cooling system is invaluable in keeping your forklift operating at its full potential. Be sure to follow proper maintenance procedures in order to maintain your cooling system and prevent overheating.