Particular matter and potentially corrosive liquids require filtering out of fuel lines before reaching a forklift's prime mover, which is why fuel filters are vital. These components include a mesh that catches any debris in the bar and prevents it from moving further down it. Eventually, filters will get clogged up by the material they collect, so they must be periodically replaced.
Diesel-powered forklifts generally need a fuel filter change whenever technicians have elected to swap out other filters. When you change out their engine oil or air filter, you'll also want to look closer at their fuel lines. Liquefied propane gas is generally cleaner, but operating engineers will still want to swap out their fuel filters every 2,000 hours.
Replacing A Forklift Fuel Filter
First, you'll want to start by shutting down your forklift and putting it into a safe state. Pressurized fuel can be hazardous, so you don't want to take any shortcuts with this. Some models may require you to bleed all of the air out of the line before you can remove the filter.
The good news is that once everything is shut off and bled out, you can remove the filter by dragging a pair of couplers on either end. Depending on how much debris has piled up, you may have to clean this area before getting them disconnected.
As soon as you have these removed, all that's left is to put the new filter in place and connect it to the line. Double-check to ensure that everything is taught before you restart the system. Certain original equipment manufacturers may require you to go through some additional steps, so it's always important to research before starting the project.
You'll also want to research the filter your forklift needs and the correct dimensions for a replacement module. Not all fuel filters are designed to the exact specifications, though their underlying function will always remain the same.
Larger Sized Fuel Filters
Some fuel filters tend to be much more substantial than others. Take the 11K7-50040 filter, which is designed for Hyundai forklifts, as well as the 4109642 models that are designed with Hyster operators in mind. Both of these come in a more challenging housing that makes them more appropriate for use with forklifts deployed in areas where there might be some questions about debris entering the fuel line.
Those who run Yale-branded equipment should look into the 582054531 model. It offers the same degree of protection for these forklifts.
Locate Your Forklift Fuel Filters At Helmar Parts
When the time comes, our team here at Helmar Parts has you covered with various replacement parts. We retail at aftermarket prices for your benefit.
You'll generally want to replace your worn-out fuel filters with something that offers similar performance characteristics to the gear you're currently using. Use our online contact form to contact the crew here at Helmar Parts. We'll gladly help you find the right part for the job.