Common Forklift Maintenance Problems

Updated: Jan 12

So many major companies rely on the use of forklifts to better manage and move warehouse inventory. Forklifts are large pieces of machinery that can experience mechanical problems that can lead to dangerous situations if left unchecked. It is important to always perform a routine maintenance check on any forklifts that are used. Below, we have put together a short list of some of the more common forklift maintenance problems that you may encounter.

Lift Problems

The key part to a forklift is being able to raise and lower the mast. If the mast on the forklift is moving erratically or not raising or lowering property it may be a sign of the hydraulic system having problems. There may be a clog in the system or the hydraulic fluid may be low. Carrying too heavy of a weight could also cause problems lifting that can lead to the engine overheating.


Unfortunately, if left unchecked, steering problems can become chronic and can be one of the more risky maintenance problems that can happen with a forklift. Often, the difficulty is simply with the steering fluid levels. Usually, this problem can be easily fixed. Another issue that may impact the steering controls could be worn steering gears. If this is the case, it is a good idea to get the forklift inspected immediately.


Just the same as a car, the tires on your forklift will need to be regularly checked and replaced. Having worn tires can lead to other forklift maintenance problems such as poor handling and a damaged suspension. Because the suspension must be in perfect working order to handle the heavy loads that the forklift carries any problems with the suspension should be fixed immediately. Suspension issues can become major problems very quickly if left unchecked.


If parts of the forklift are experiencing electrical problems or the forklift is not starting it may indicate that the battery is experiencing problems. It may be time to replace the battery on your forklift.

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