What to do when an electric forklift won’t start? One golden tip!

There can be many reasons why a forklift won’t start. Yet the cause of the problem doesn’t matter, really, as long as you can rely on a trained mechanic to repair your forklift in a flash. But what to do when he or she is unable to get to you the very same day? Yep. You’re going to have to fix that forklift yourself … No worries, though. When a forklift won’t start, most of the time the battery is to blame. An easy fix!

Signs of a faulty forklift battery

Evidently, before you start fixing things that aren’t broken, it’s important to find out if it really is the forklift battery that’s causing the problem.

  • Are the headlights still burning bright?
  • Do the headlights dim when someone blows the horn?

If the headlights are dead, your forklift probably has a blown main power fuse, or something’s up with a connection somewhere (think corrosion, loose ends, …). It’s best to leave this kind of problem to a professional. If the headlights dim when the horn is blown or when you’re trying to start the forklift, it might just be your lucky day after all: dim headlights usually point to a failing battery. Fully charge the battery and try starting the forklift once more. If your forklift still won’t start, it’s time to replace the battery.

Forklift safety first!

If there is smoke coming from the battery, it may explode or catch fire. Tell all co-workers to evacuate immediately, and always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Your forklift still won’t start? Call Nykei!

If you’ve replaced the battery and the forklift still refuses to start, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of trained technicians is happy to get your forklift going again in a flash.