Forklifts are game changers when it comes to hauling and stacking heavy loads and a host of other activities. That is why it is important to exercise due diligence when you go shopping for forklifts for sale. Make sure it is maintained religiously and fitted with forklift oem parts. One common problem that can result in unnecessary downtimes if left unattended is a failure of the engine to start. To help, here are some tips on how you can troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Eliminate common causes

The first thing that you need to do if your forklift engine is not turning over to eliminate all the common reasons behind the problem, the first of which is fuel.


Diesel and Gas

If the fuel has been in the tank for a long time without a 100 percent refill, diesel and gas forklift may present the same problem. Also eliminate fuel leaks by checking under the forklift and using your sense of smell to smell whether or not there is an increased fuel odor.


The first issue that you need to establish when an electric forklift won’t start is whether or not it has been charged. The problem also could be that it was not connected properly the last time you charged it.  If the auxiliary functions of your forklift won’t work (lights, etc.), the forklift might need some charging before you can put it to work.

Other Issues

  • The battery may also present problems. Try to disconnect it to check it with a meter and inspect it for corrosion. Only check the battery if the auxiliary functions are not responding. You can also try using more than one auxiliary function at a time, such as the horn and brakes.
  • Check fluid levels such as engine oil as some forklift engines won’t turn over if there is little engine oil.

Talk to the Experts

Accurate Forklift offers a wide selection of new forklift parts and salvage forklift parts to help you keep your forklift in the best condition and eliminate unnecessary downtimes with forklift service needed. We also offer new and used forklifts for sale from all the popular brands. Call us today to discuss your requirements and get answers to all your questions. You can reach us at 770-692-1450 or mail to sales@ea5.3ad.myftpupload.com.

2 thoughts on “Tips on Fixing a Engine that Won’t Start”

  1. I like to thank you for writing this kind of helpful blog article, these are the guidelines for our upcoming generation to learn from here and make themselves successful writer. May be you will be the teacher for new digital world.

  2. You did a great job of explaining that charging is an issue if an electric forklift will fail to start. Based on my experience, it’s the battery that won’t disconnect. In those times, yes, I will just my battery and wait for a couple of minutes before I start again.

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