Lift trucks are a big investment for any business, and if your team is not careful the costs of repairing and maintain your equipment can eat up a huge chunk of your operating budget. The best thing for any company to do is to prevent expenses from accruing in the first place. Look at some of the most common forklift repairs the Kentuckiana fleet managers encounter and what you can do to try and prevent them from ever being necessary.

Though the exact cause and diagnoses of repairs can vary, typically the most expensive repairs on your lift truck are; Electrical repairs, transmission repairs and repairs to the radiator and cooling systems.


From the lights, to the starter and beyond, the electrical system affects nearly every aspect of your lift truck. Since its connected to nearly every other system in the fork lift, its important to do a regular preventative maintenance checkup on your electrical system. This helps to avoid those huge mechanic bills from a multiple system failure in during operating hours.

Do this by:

  • Regularly inspecting fuses and replacing any worn-out fuses with new ones
  • Check terminals and points of contact between the battery for any signs of corrosion or debris accumulation
  • Maintain your forklift batteries. Make sure to water them at least once every 5-10 charges and store them properly when not in use.


A grinding noise coming from a forklift is a fleet manager’s worst nightmare, because transmission issues can easily cost a bundle. From the drive shaft to the lift assembly, the transmission is what powers the most crucial parts of your lift truck. It also tends to take the most abuse on a daily basis. A daily inspection check is your first defense against most transmission issues. Make sure your operators are trained and know how to spot any possible warning signs.

Do this by:

  • Keeping carrying loads under the max capacity of your forklift
  • Always maintain proper fluid levels for your forklift
  • Have operators conduct a pre-shift checklist so problems are spotted before they get worse


While not as common or disastrous as other kinds of repairs, replacing a radiator or other parts of your forklifts cooling system can rack up expenses. Luckily there are some easy ways to identify warning signs as well as preventative steps your operation can take to avoid those costs. Additionally some businesses might be more susceptible to problems with their forklift cooling systems, depending on the kind of work you’re doing.

Do this by:

  • Keeping an eye out for any sign of leaks. This includes checking the radiator and lines for any leaking coolant.
  • Always maintain proper fluid levels for your forklift
  • Letting your forklift cool down if it regularly overheats. Overheating in otherwise normal conditions is a common sign of a worn radiator


When it comes to any material handling equipment, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. Let Yale Kentuckiana help you prevent some of the most disastrous of forklift costs with preventative maintenance. Call us today at 877-904-3145 to talk about how we can help!