Part of the WeatherBuild Equipment Risk Management Series
As the season starts to transition over to spring and the weather begins to warm above freezing, here are 20 pre-season preparation points and maintenance tips for general contractors, fleet managers, and equipment operators to optimize productivity and minimize downtime.
WeatherBuild offers weather risk analytics, predictive event-impact scenarios, and prescriptive resource recommendations for heavy equipment and best practices such as season-to-season transitions.
Start by creating a season-to-season transition plan for each machine type.
- Move each machine to a warm bay or dry place.
- Examine all hoses and attachments.
- Perform thorough cleaning and inspection.
- Check for signs of wear and damage.
- Inspect for leaks and other signs of problems.
- Service each grease point as recommended.
- Inspect tires, rims, tracks, and components.
- Inflate tires to recommended pressures.
- Check that each battery retains a charge.
- Confirm all battery connections.
- Ensure fluid quality and related system integrity.
- Verify the performance of filters and pumps.
- Check cooling system operation.
- Top off coolant at the proper concentration.
- Use Organic Acid Technology coolant for Tier 4.
- Do not mix OAT and non-OAT such as XHD.
- Check fittings and hoses for freeze-thaw damage.
- Clean and grease attachment fit-up points.
- Inspect off-season attachments upon removal.
- Store off-season attachments in a dry location.
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