Cleaning. Clean the forklift of dirt, grease, or other contaminants in accordance with paragraph 1-23.
Preservation. After cleaning and drying, immediately coat unpainted metal surfaces with an oil or grease, as
appropriate. Ensure the following components are properly preserved:
Rotate carriage assembly
Sideshift carrier assembly
Freelift chain assembly
Drive chain assembly
Sideshift chain assemblies
Cylinder rod ends
Weatherproofing. Sunlight, heat, moisture (humidity), and dirt tend to accelerate deterioration. Install all covers
authorized for the forklift. Close and secure all openings except those required for ventilation and draining. Seal
openings to prevent the entry of rain, snow, or dust. Insert desiccant (item 32, App. C) when complete seal is
required. Place forklift at storage site and provide blocking or framing to allow for ventilation and water drainage.
Air recirculation under draped covers reduces deterioration from moisture and heat.
Place a piece of barrier material (item 31, App. C) between desiccant bags and metal surfaces.
Desiccant may leak and deteriorate or corrode adjacent metal.
Inspection During Storage. Inspection will be visual and consist of a walk-around examination of the entire
forklift to observe any deficiencies that may have occurred. Inspect forklifts in open storage weekly and those in covered
storage monthly. Immediately after any severe storm or environmental change inspect all equipment. Conduct the
following checks during visual inspection:
Inspect for leaks: fuel, oil, or hydraulic fluid. Inspect all hoses, tubing, connections, fittings, seals, and
gaskets for evidence of leakage.
Inspect for low or flat tires. Mark reinflated and repaired tires with a crayon and ensure they are thoroughly
checked at next inspection interval.
Inspect for corrosion or other deterioration.
Inspect for missing or damaged parts.
Check for water in compartments.
Look for any other recognizable shortcomings or deficiencies.