Forklifts have an average lifespan of about 10,000 hours. After that, they will begin to show issues that could put your workers in danger. Something as simple as a broken horn may result in a terrible accident. 

You can prolong the life of your machine with regular forklift maintenance. You’ll also need to learn how to spot issues early so you can schedule forklift repairs. 

We have a list of the most common problems you may come across. Check out this guide to learn more. 


Forklifts are full of moving parts such as cooling systems, clamps, hoses, o-rings, and drivetrains. As you use the machine, it puts a slight amount of strain on these components.

This strain could cause leaks to form. Loose hardware or hardware that has been installed improperly can also cause leaks. 

The easiest way to prevent leaks is by performing daily inspections of your machines. This will allow you to spot leaks early on. During your regular maintenance routine, be sure to look for and tighten any loose clamps as well. 

Forklift Mast Problems

The mast is the lifting mechanism of the machine. After some wear and tear, it may stop lifting or lowering as it should. If it seems a bit sluggish or erratic, that’s a sign that your forklift is experiencing hydraulic issues. 

Check the machine’s hydraulic fluid levels. If they’re a bit low, check for a leak. If you don’t spot any, replenishing the fluid should solve most of your problems. 

If the machine’s hydraulic fluid levels are normal, check the other components of the mast. If you spot any cracks, rusting, or bends, stop using the machine and call for servicing. The problem part will need replacing. 

Faulty Engine 

If your forklift batteries are about to go out, it could cause the engine to stop or idle. Batteries that can’t hold a charge will have to be traded out right away. 

An overheated engine will also cause the machine to stall. Check the coolant levels in your forklift and look for leaks. 

When dirt and debris accumulate near the radiator, it can lead to engine problems. Clear it out with water and try to turn the machine on again. If it no longer stalls, you’ve found your fix.

Steering Problems

Steering problems could put everyone in danger because the driver won’t be able to maneuver the vehicle properly. Listen out for strange noises when you steer the wheel. 

You should also check for low steering fluid and faulty tires. If the fluid levels are optimal and the tires aren’t the problem, that means you have a worn-out gear or pressure valve on your hands.

Make Forklift Repairs

At the first sign of leaks and steering problems, you must call for forklift repairs right away. If you don’t, it could put everyone in your facility in danger and bring down productivity. 

We can keep your fleet moving smoothly with our top-notch service and parts. Contact us or fill out a service request form today.