Maintaining your forklift’s coolant level is important to prevent overheating, which can result in deterioration of the belts, hoses and clamps that carry the coolant flow. Overheating also puts the cooling system and engine components at risk for rust, corrosion, premature engine wear and possible catastrophic failure.
Specific to liquid propane (LP) fueled forklifts, the fuel regulator can freeze if coolant levels aren’t maintained. This causes the engine to fail or run rough from the fuel being restricted inside the regulator.
A cool forklift is also safer. If overheating causes a coolant hose or clamp to fail, an operator or nearby pedestrian is at risk for scalding from steam or hot coolant.
Maintenance for Forklift Coolant Levels
Placing your forklift on a planned maintenance schedule is a good way to track your coolant level and ensure the cooling system is working efficiently. A typical check-up should include:
- Pressure test of the coolant system
- Radiator blow-out
- Inspection of belts, hose and clamps for leaks
- Water pump inspection
- Coolant fan inspection for cracks or damaged blades
- Check of the protection level of coolant (i.e. freeze and boiling protection)
To learn the recommended degree of coolant protection for your forklift, refer to the operator manual.
Concerned about your forklift coolant levels? Call ProLift to schedule forklift planned maintenance!