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Jacking up a Forklift?


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Old 01-31-2013, 05:27:09 PM
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Default Jacking up a Forklift?

I traded in the old Clark forklift for a newer forklift last fall, got to use the new forklift 3 times before the starter died. Of course the starter is way down at the bottom of engine and its a hard tire machine so there is only like 3" of clearance. So my choice is jacking up the forklift and putting it on blocks, or pulling the intake, and maybe exhaust manifolds(I need to go back and look) and trying to go in from the top. Any suggestions on doing this without dying?
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If you can get at the starter selenoid, try jumping that first. Most times, it is on the firewall. Make sure power is getting to the starter. Your only other recourse is to jack it up and block under the rires AND the machine, before getting under it. Make sure tires are chocked, so it cannot roll. When you are under it, make sure you have a buddy near by, just in case. Your other choice is to have someone come ansd fix it on site. BIG $
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Try some of those oil change ramps from autozone.....

---------- Post added at 04:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:09 PM ----------

In all seriousness, you may be a able to get to it by pulling the counter weight.
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Years ago while working for the Quaker Oats co. as a Millwright / Multicraft Mechanic I was assigned to the forklift shop for several years, while we had 2 hoists to lift the fork lifts up on there were times that just did not allow us to do what was needed.

My partner in the shop and I would them , remove the forks,
align the lift under an overhead winch/ crane, rig up a chain from the rear center pin in the counter weight to the overhead winch/ crane and slowly lift the fork truck up and allow it to pivot on the front drive wheels, gently setting it down on the mast , which would allow full access under the lift.
I know most folks don't have access to the equipment to allow this to be done, but it was an option for us.

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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

What ever you lift it with, make sure you have something else underneath it also so it can't fall and crush you. I jack up cars, then put cement blocks under them , but I protect the cement block from cracking by putting a wood 2x10 over them to cushion them. And I only go 2 blocks high , and lift front and back of car so car is level and not pushing blocks sideways to make them roll over.
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And always place your blocks "Eye Up".
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Dealing with that much weight and having your head under the forklift, I wouldn't even trust cement blocks.

I would go with hardwood timbers or I-beams.
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Dealing with that much weight and having your head under the forklift, I wouldn't even trust cement blocks.

I would go with hardwood timbers or I-beams.
Agree - no cement blocks.
Dalmation - didn't yu say you have an overhead hoist? If so - Post 4 seems reasonable.
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I'd be a little concerned about how good all the oil seals and piston rings are if standing it on end to gain access underneith. But I guess you could drain the oil first.
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Solenoid on firewall has been jumped, nothing happens. No overhead lift, used to have a crane but its gone, could have just picked up the whole lift and walked under it, ahh the easy life. I'll have to see what I can find in the way of timbers or I-beams. Blocks, be they wood or concrete could not be much larger than the tires, and it is on a slight slope right now, hmm maybe if we chained it to the loader to keep it from rolling off the blocks.

1936JDB, we can try the Autozone ramps, if your willing to crawl under it
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