Forklifts rely on hydraulics for their lifting and steering abilities. Having the right amount of hydraulic fluid in a forklift's reservoir ensures the forklift's lifting and steering abilities. Too much fluid in the tank will cause as leaks and spills.
The forklift operator is supposed to check the hydraulic fluid as part of the pre-shift inspection. Because there can be lots of different markings on the dipstick, it's vital to know which mark to use in the measurement.
OEMs often use the same dipstick for various models. For example, Toyota 7 Series trucks use the same dipstick for cushion and pneumatic tire trucks with masts ranging from single to triple stage. One side is marked P1, P2, P3 while the other side is marked C2, C3. The P side is used pneumatic tire forklifts, the C side is for cushion tire trucks. The numbers 1, 2 and 3 refer to the number of lift stages on the mast. Consult your owners manual or your local dealer to determine which mark to use.
Most manufacturers recommend replacing a forklift's hydraulic oil every 1,000 hours of use. Keep your machines running right with regular fluid checks, filter replacements and routine inspections.
Contact your nearest JIT Toyota-Lift Service Department for more information.
Thanks goes to Scott Sadowski for contributing to today's blog post
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