SERVICE INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, LUBRICATION
AND TROUBLE SHOOTING
5-2. To insure that the equipment is ready for operation
(1) Before-operation service. This is a brief service
at all times, it must be inspected systematically, so that
to ascertain that the truck is ready for operation; it is
defects may be discovered and corrected before they
mainly a check to see if conditions affecting the truck's
result in serious damage or failure. Defects discovered
readiness have changed since the last after-operation
during operation of the fork lift truck shall be noted for
future correction, to be made as soon as operation has
(2) During-operation service. This service consists
ceased. Stop operation immediately if a deficiency is
of detecting unsatisfactory performances. While driving
noted which would damage the equipment if operation
or operating, the driver should be alert for any unusual
were continued. All deficiencies and shortcomings will
noises or odors, steering irregularities, or any other
be recorded with the corrective action taken at the
indication of malfunction of any part of the truck. Every
earliest possible opportunity.
time the operator picks up or deposits a load, applies the
5-3. This section contains information for performing
brakes, accelerates or turns the truck, it should be
scheduled inspection, lubrication and preventive
considered a test and any unusual or unsatisfactory
maintenance services. Perform the indicated inspection,
lubrication and maintenance at the designated intervals.
(3) After-operation service. This is the basic daily
All inspections of assemblies, subassemblies or parts
service for all trucks. It consists of correcting, so far as
must include any supporting members and connections
possible, any operating deficiencies, so that the truck is
and must determine that the unit is in good condition,
prepared to be operated again, upon a moment's notice,
correctly assembled, securely mounted or requires repair
should the situation so require.
b. General procedures for all services and
The periodic service inspection and specific
portions of the preventive maintenance services must be
(1) The general procedures [(2) below] apply to all
performed following each functional use of the fork lift
inspections and are just as important as the specific
truck to maintain' the vehicle. The fork lift truck must be
operated occasionally during periods of infrequent use.
(2) Inspections to see if items are in good condition,
5-5. The maintenance operations described herein are
correctly assembled, secure, not excessively worn, not
to be considered as minimum operations on vehicles
leaking, and adequately lubricated apply to most items in
which are in operating condition and require only periodic
the preventive-maintenance and inspection procedures.
checkup and service. If, upon inspection, a component
Any or all of these checks that are pertinent to any item
requires more than adjustment, cleaning or simple
(including supporting, attaching, or connecting members)
replacement, refer to Section VI for more complete
will be performed automatically as general procedures, in
addition to any specific procedures given.
(a) Inspection for good condition is usually
visual inspection to determine if the unit is safe or
5-6. PERIODIC SERVICE INSPECTION.
serviceable. Good condition is explained further as
meaning: .not bent or twisted, not chafed or burned, not
5-7. The following paragraphs contain the periodic
broken or cracked, not bare or frayed, not dented or
service inspection procedures to be performed at
collapsed, not torn or cut, not deteriorated.
References are made to
(b) Inspection of a unit to see if it is correctly
maintenance procedures where necessary to complete
assembled is usually a visual inspection to see if the unit
the inspection services.
is in its normal position in the truck and if all its parts are
a. Intervals. Each truck will be inspected by its
present and in their correct relative positions.
assigned operator, each day it is operated. This service
is divided into three parts.