Top Five Tips for Keeping Your Equipment Running In Extreme Cold

We’ve been experiencing a real cold snap in Michigan lately. Chilly temperatures can present some challenges when running equipment of any type, whether it’s forklifts, vans, or over-the-road vehicles. And even though industrial equipment seems like it can handle just about anything, it’s not indestructible. It won’t operate well if it’s not prepared for the frigid, sub-zero temperatures we have in Michigan.

Your equipment is a big investment and we want you to understand what it means to take care of it. You may not be an expert, but we are. So, we’re going to share with you our top five tips to make sure your forklifts and other equipment are ready for winter.

1. Prepare your equipment’s fluids

Engine coolant should be replaced annually, as it not only lubricates the cooling system but protects the engine from damage that is caused by the cold winter weather freezing your unit.

A damaged engine requires a lot more maintenance than making sure your engine’s fluid is in good shape. If your antifreeze is weak, it could freeze and cause catastrophic damage to your engine.

By replacing your antifreeze yearly, you know your unit is safe against the colder temperatures and, at the same time, lubricating your water pump, thermostat, and the rest of your cooling system.

2. Test your batteries

Batteries can be load tested to make sure they will perform properly under colder and more strenuous conditions. Making sure your battery is ready for the colder weather now will save you unscheduled down time this winter.

We can verify whether or not the Cold Cranking Amp rating on your battery is sufficient for your operation. If your battery is not maintenance free, the electrolyte level should be verified before winter to ensure proper operation.

3. Play it safe and get an inspection

An inspection will make sure your equipment will run well during the coldest times. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to get it checked out. You don’t want to be down and out while your equipment has to be fixed.

Bottom line: A thorough inspection by our trained technicians can give you peace of mind that your unit is functioning properly and is ready for whatever the Michigan winter throws our way.

4. Be cautious of your IC units

Electric forklifts typically outperform IC units in any condition. IC fuel systems of any kind (propane, gasoline, or diesel) are affected negatively by the colder weather. Expect hard starting and poor performance until the engine is warmed up.

When it comes to your IC units, patience is everything.

5. Trust Vitan to help you through the winter

Although Vitan has rental units available at any time, if you have your own equipment, you should use it. And that means going through the steps to take care of it so that it doesn’t break down. Luckily for you, we have a team of trained technicians who can keep your forklifts and other units running better for longer.

Contact us today to establish a planned maintenance program to keep your equipment in top shape during all seasons. We’ll even make it customized for your needs.