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10 signs your forklift needs a service

Regular maintenance and servicing are key to ensuring the safety, efficiency and longevity of your forklifts. But how can you tell when it’s time to schedule a service? Here are 10 signs that your forklift may be due for some expert attention, and how SQMH in Toowoomba can assist you with in-house and mobile forklift servicing.

1. Unusual noises

If your forklift starts making strange sounds like clunking, grinding or squealing, it’s a clear sign that something isn’t right. These noises could be indicative of worn-out or damaged components that need attention.

2. Decreased performance

If you’ve noticed that your forklift isn’t performing as well as it used to – struggling to lift loads it handled effortlessly before – it’s time to investigate and schedule a service.

3. Leaks

Any fluid leakage, whether it’s oil, hydraulic fluid or coolant, is a red flag. Leaks can lead to more significant problems if not addressed promptly.

4. Dashboard warning lights

Modern forklifts come equipped with warning lights and indicators. If any of these lights come on and stay lit, it’s a signal that your forklift’s systems need inspection and possible repair.

5. Irregular tyre wear

Uneven wear on your forklift’s tyres can indicate alignment issues or problems with the suspension. These issues can affect stability and handling.

6. Battery problems

Forklifts with electric batteries should be checked for any signs of reduced run-time or difficulty holding a charge. A failing battery can disrupt your workflow.

7. Inconsistent brakes

If you notice that your forklift’s brakes are less responsive or provide inconsistent stopping power, it’s crucial to address this issue immediately to prevent accidents.

8. Excessive exhaust emissions

An increase in smoke or unusual exhaust emissions can be a sign of engine trouble that requires servicing.

9. Vibrations

Excessive vibrations while operating your forklift could indicate problems with the engine, transmission or other components. It’s best not to ignore these signs.

10. High fuel consumption

If your forklift suddenly starts guzzling more fuel than usual, it might be running inefficiently due to a mechanical issue.

Does your forklift need a service? SQMH is here to help!

When you notice any of these signs, it’s time to consider forklift servicing, and SQMH in Toowoomba is here to help. With over 60 years of experience in the forklift industry, our team of fully accredited and experienced technicians specialise in servicing all makes and models of forklifts. Whether you have a new or used forklift, we have the expertise to keep it running smoothly.

In-house and mobile forklift servicing

SQMH offers both in-house and mobile forklift servicing, making it convenient for you to get the repairs and maintenance your forklift needs. Our dedicated repairs team is available 24/7, 365 days a year, ensuring minimal downtime for your business. We also offer tailored scheduled maintenance programs and total fleet management to help you proactively manage your forklift fleet’s maintenance needs, reducing the chances of unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. At SQMH, we understand the importance of a strong business partnership, and our exceptional customer retention rate and long-standing customer relationships speak to our commitment to excellence. Trust us to keep your forklifts in peak condition so you can focus on what matters most – running your business smoothly and efficiently.

South Queensland Material Handling (SQMH) – taking productivity to new heights

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Trading since 2008, SQMH offers top quality material handling equipment from Sinoboom, Yale Forklifts and Merlo Telehandlers, as well as a wide range of rough terrain forklifts. The company also offers forklift finance, servicing, parts, rentals and excellent after-sales service and maintenance packages that ensure customers receive long-term support for their equipment purchases. Looking for the best access equipment in Queensland? SQMH will always find a material handling solution for you. Download the SQMH brochures online or chat to the friendly team in Torrington today on 07 4634 2744. Book your forklift service today!

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