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Forklift Maintenance: How Often You Should Do It?

Updated: Jan 27



In this article, we’ll discuss the different maintenance intervals for your forklift.


Much like a car, forklifts need regular check-ups, too. In fact, they need regular maintenance after every 250 - 300 hours of use. If neglected, small problems could go unnoticed and build up over time, costing you more in repairs.


To give you a better idea of how often you should bring your forklift in for maintenance and what you should look out for after a period of use, we’ve segmented your forklift into parts listed below:


Every 250 hours (two months)


• Inspect the hydraulic, steering, and electrical systems. You should also check the drive train, belts, hoses, brakes, and tyres (for any damage) and attachments (if any).

• Adjust the idle speed and ignition timing.

• Replace engine fluids and filters.

• Ensure the chassis and mass components are well-lubricated.


Every 500-600 hours (four months)


• Everything listed above must already be checked and working correctly.

• Inspect the chassis links, clutch release bearings, mast support bushings, hydraulic oil pump and oil levels (replace if necessary). The hand brake and PCV valve must also be functional.

• Change the antifreeze, spark plugs, differential and transmission oils, contact breaker points, and condenser.

• Clean the radiator and assess how the vehicle operates pedal-free.


Every 1,000 hours (six months)


• Everything listed above must already be checked and working correctly.

• Replace all fluids and filters. This includes hydraulic, transmission, and brake fluids.

• Lubricate the drive hubs.


Every 2,000 hours (yearly)


• Everything listed above must already be checked and working correctly.

• Inspect the forklift’s hydraulic pressure and cooling systems, steer axle, and brake drums.

• Clean the fuel systems.

• Do a compression check.


Regularly maintaining your forklift increases efficiency, productivity and lowers overall costs in the long run. Taking care of your forklift will also help its resale value when it’s time to sell it.


We also provide a forklift service contract for fuss-free, regular maintenance with the following benefits:


• Discounts on spare parts

• Regular maintenance checks

• Repairs and breakdown services at lower prices

• Free Coordination and transport of your machine to our repair facility


If you have any additional enquiries, contact us at 6305 6600 today!



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