Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Types & Fundamentals: Parts->Instruments

Parts: Instruments


Dashboard showing gauges on a forklift.
Figure 1. Dashboard showing gauges on a forklift.
Forklifts have a variety of instruments on the dashboard. Read your operator’s manual and become familiar with each of the warning lights and gauges on the dashboard. Never operate a forklift if a warning light or gauge signals an unsafe condition.
  • Instrument Panel
  • Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Temperature Gauge/Light
  • Transmission Temperature
  • Fuel Gauge
  • Hour Meter
  • Battery Discharge Indicator

Instrument Panel

These common forklift gauges show normal operating condition.Read your operator's manual and become familiar with each of the warning lights and gauges on the dashboard. Know what each one indicates. 


Potential Hazards:
  • Forklift malfunction
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  • Turn on the forklift and check all the warning indicators on your dashboard.
  • Never operate a forklift with a warning light or gauge signaling an unsafe condition. 
  • Do not attempt a repair unless authorized to do so.
  • Report any abnormality to your supervisor. 
  • Mechanical breakdown 
Typical warning gauges.

Oil Pressure Gauge

The oil pressure gauge indicates the oil pressure inside the engine. An oil pressure warning light may also be present.


Requirements and Recommended Practices:
    Electronic engine oil gauge, warning indicators.
  • Do not operate the forklift if the light comes on or the gauge indicates oil pressure problems. 
  • Check for leaks. Clean up any spills or mark the hazard area until it can be cleaned.
  • Notify your supervisor or maintenance personnel.
  • Only trained and authorized personnel may service a forklift. 

 

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