Sure, it’s tempting to climb aboard and get straight to work, but conducting quick daily inspections can go a long way toward making sure your machines keep operating properly. It only takes a few minutes, but it could save you much more time later on by discovering potential problems early—before they result in expensive repairs.
Follow this quick checklist for daily inspections:
Tires and tracks:
– Look for gouges and cuts, as well as bent rims or damaged idlers
– Check to see that tires are at the correct pressure and that tracks are properly aligned
– Clean tracks, idlers and undercarriages to reduce wear and extend life
Cooling and hydraulic systems:
– Inspect hydraulic connections and reservoirs
– Examine the engine compartment for oil and coolant leaks
– Check for damaged hydraulic hoses, lines, seals, cylinders and cylinder rods
Bucket teeth and cutting edges:
– Ensure that they are securely attached and in good condition
– Inspect the teeth on Work Tool attachments, like landscape tillers, trenchers and stump grinders
– Check the engine oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and engine coolant.
– Top up if necessary
Watch this video with Caterpillar Preventive Maintenance Instructor, Jeff Payne, to learn how to check fluids properly to avoid introducing dirt or other contaminants into your machine systems.
– Check your owner’s manual for the location of all grease fittings on your machines and Work Tool attachments
– Grease as recommended
– Remove any mud and debris, paying special attention to steps and handholds
– Clean windows and mirrors that may be dirty
Following these routine maintenance checks will help ensure that your equipment will operate reliably and productively throughout the day. It’s a good habit to get into, and more often you do it, the less time it’ll take.
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