Preventative Maintenance Tips for Skid Steer Loaders

posted by Sunil Newatia on April 7th, 2022
Operators must perform these daily checks:
·      Fluid levels (hydraulic fluid, fuel, coolant, engine oil) to make sure they are in the operating range specified in the owner’s manual
·      Fluid levels can have a significant effect on the machine’s performance and can lead to overheating, loss of machine performance, and downtime 
·      Check the filters (engine air filters as well as cab filters) Diligent Customers following filter change intervals are the ones who see the least amount of downtime. Using high-quality fuels, oils, and OEM filters, the owner can maximize uptime and productivity.
·      Inspect for leaks and look for fluids gathering anywhere inside the engine compartment, and also look for fluids in other places. Whether on the ground, in the engine compartment, or on the machine itself, leaked fluid tells a story that should be investigated. Identifying the source of leakage will help you identify damage and carry out repairs before they become a costly downtime.
·      Inspect the fuel and water separator bowl and drain any water and apply grease to all greasing locations. 
·      Check all hoses for damage or wear and confirm all safety guards are present and in working order.
·      Verify that the fluid compartments are sealed with the proper caps and remove any debris from the machine (engine compartment, around axles, etc.)
·      Check tires for wear or damage and for proper inflation. Tire inspection is key for skid steer loaders. Flat or underinflated tires can affect the machine’s safety and performance in addition to leading to downtime

Oil Sampling can save you a lot
Oil sampling is an often-overlooked practice that can tell you a lot about the health and performance of your machine. You must send your engine oil samples for analysis every 250 hours, hydraulic and transmission oil every 250-500 hours, and coolant be tested annually.
The important thing is to take oil samples regularly, so that changes can be identified, the correct diagnosis made, and remedial measures taken. 
Telematics info can be vital
Without maintenance managers, many small and mid-sized firms that own skid steers, find it challenging to schedule routine maintenance.
Basic telematics provide hour readings and location data that can help the customers adhere to maintenance intervals. More comprehensive telematic solutions provide additional functionality for machine monitoring, health, and maintenance. 
Make Operators Responsible
Operators are the first line of defence when it comes to taking action on maintenance of machines. In addition to daily checks, operators need to understand how to respond to machine alerts and messages. Most skid steers include a machine vehicle control unit (MVCU) that provides real-time indicators of machine conditions. The codes could indicate something major, or as simple as low diesel exhaust fluid. If addressed promptly small problems would never become larger problems.
Annual Maintenance Contract
Manufacturers and dealers are making it more convenient for fleet owners to maintain the equipment. An AMC ensures that machine is serviced on time and parts are delivered promptly.  Owners get the security of an Equipment Protection to avoid unexpected costs for breakdowns. 
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