Does your Forklift Steer Axle have Working Parts?
Many customers hire a forklift dealership to do preventative maintenance on their forklifts to enhance longevity while keeping their costs low. This is a logical process that prevents major repairs down the road when the truck begins to age and put on hours over years of usage. Items like filters and keeping oil levels at their proper levels are crucial to keeping these trucks in peak operating condition.
One area of a forklift however that customers tend to spend little or no time on is the steer axle. Here at Wisconsin Lift greasing and inspecting the steer axle is part of our SM practice. We have noticed that customers do not always sign off when we quote maintenance cycles to replace bearings and seals for their steer axles. This is concerning, because a slightly worn steer axle can cause other, more expensive areas of the forklift to work harder which will create potential expensive repairs. First, if bearings and seals are not replaced on the steer axle on a timely it may cause larger components like the steer knuckles and steer links to require replacement. Instead of a few hundred dollars in maintenance repairs, a rebuilt steer axle will be in the thousands to repair or replace. Tire replacement sooner than expected could also come from a slightly worn steer axle that would not be needed if small replacement of seals or bearings would have been done.
For more information regarding the current condition of your forklift steer axle Contact Us today.