September is here! We made it through the hot days of summer, and fall time is just around the corner. All summer long, your heavy equipment has been working hard on a number of projects. Summer heat mixed with the amount of time your equipment was in use puts a lot of stress on your equipment. Now is a great time to perform fall maintenance on all of your equipment!
The lack of preventative maintenance can lead to costly repairs and replacements. This is why maintaining your equipment is so important. As leaders in the heavy equipment auctions industry, we understand how expensive equipment can be. Below, we share some fall equipment maintenance tips to help you save money!
Clean your machines
One thing that’s a great idea to do every spring is give your machines a thorough wash. During the summer, mud and dirt find their way into small cracks and other areas within your equipment. When this builds over time, it makes your equipment operate less efficiently. You want to make sure that you clean the dirt and dust out of vents, filters, seals and cooling fans to ensure your equipment is performing as it should for the years to come.
Hydrate the hydraulics
Before the colder weather gets here this fall, it’s a good idea to top off your hydraulic fluids. This is also a time when you want to lubricate your hoses to avoid cracks, especially on machines that you are planning to use throughout the winter.
Check the tires
Another thing to do during the fall is check all the tires on all of your equipment. Traction plays a crucial role during the winter months, especially when ice and snow are present. Make sure that your tires are all at the recommended pressure, as well as monitor and make sure no debris or common wear and tear is affecting your tire’s condition.
Commit to a program
Lastly, it’s important that if you have a preventative maintenance routine in place, that you stick to it all winter long. Even though business might be a bit slower and you may have less projects during the cold season, carrying out your regular maintenance will keep your machinery in the best condition possible. Regular inspections, repairs and performance testing will ensure that you are getting the most out of your equipment and saving money along the way.
If your machines are a little worn out from all of summer’s projects, now is the perfect time to fix them up. Performing maintenance during the fall, as well as the rest of the year, will help reduce the risk of costly delays and repairs. Use this fall equipment maintenance guide to ensure your equipment works throughout the winter and is ready come next spring!
At Lyon Auction, we offer many heavy equipment auctions across the country. Our goal is to provide construction companies and contractors with an opportunity to purchase high quality, used equipment at an affordable price. To learn more about our company, or to view our upcoming heavy equipment auctions, please visit our website!