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How Much Does it Cost to Repair Forklift Brakes

by Jim Hodson on July 6, 2017
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how much does it cost to repair forklift brakesBrake malfunction can cause serious damage to your facility and equipment, and may result in the injury or death of personnel. How many hours has it been since your forklift had its brakes inspected or serviced?

How Often Do Forklift Brakes Need Service?*
- Every 250 hours: blowout brake dust
- Every 2,000 hours: inspect brake drums
- Every 5,000-7,000 hours: replace brake shoes

*Basic guidelines only. Environmental conditions and operator behavior determine how frequently forklift brakes need to be inspected or replaced. Consult a certified technician.

Don’t wait until your equipment goes down and needs a costly repair. You’ll save money and avoid downtime by getting your brakes serviced regularly. For example:

Debris and dust get trapped inside the system and over time create ridges on the brake shoes. If caught early enough, you can just replace the shoes and wheel seals. Wait too long, and the ridges transfer to the brake drums making the repairs much more expensive.

Two brake drums alone cost an average of $1650!

What Should Be Included in a Forklift Brake Service / Repair

  • Disassemble right and left side brakes
  • Visual Inspection of all components
  • De-glaze drums
  • Clean hardware
  • Install new brake shoes
  • Install new hub seals
  • Reassemble
  • Adjust shoes
  • Replenish fluid and bleed system

How Forklift Brakes Get Damaged
Forklift brakes can average 5,000 – 7,000 hours during their lifetime. This range depends on a few factors, most notably: how the lift truck is driven. Forklift brakes won't last as long if:

- Operator(s) drive with the parking brake engaged
- Operator brakes without allowing enough time for the forklift to decelerate
- Driving “two-footed” (riding the brake)
- The wheel cylinder and hub seals are damaged

If you find your lift trucks need brake service more frequently than the averages noted above, this may be a sign your forklift operators need refresher training.

Ensuring that forklift components and systems are working properly is key to maintaining operator safety and workplace productivity. A forklift’s brake assembly should be inspected daily: both brake pedal resistance and parking brake engagement. The brakes are one of the most relied-upon components of safety and should be inspected daily before the forklift is put to use.

At TMH we offer dock-to-dock material handling solutions, including on-site service. Don’t wait for an emergency to take your workforce offline. Schedule service when it’s convenient for you. 

Please contact us online with any questions, or by phone:
East Bay - Livermore  (510) 675-0500
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091 

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Further Reading:
4 Expensive Forklift Repairs and How to Prevent Them
Download Free Forklift Safety Checklists
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Topics: Forklift FAQs, Forklift Maintenance

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