YOUR BEFORE-YOU-START-THE-MACHINE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Failure to follow proper maintenance intervals and procedures may result in diminished machine performance or accelerated component wear.

preventative maintenance can add years to the life of your machine

Protect your investment
These are the steps you should complete each day to keep you Cat Skid Steer or Compact Track Loader operating at peak performance.

  1. Open the rear door & lock in place with the retaining pin

    The service chart on the inside of the door contains information on scheduled service intervals and maintenance points. Should you need more information, consult the operation and maintenance manual (OMM), which can be found behind the operator seat.

  2. Check the oil level - add oil as required.

  3. Visually inspect the fuel water separator bowl for any indication of water - drain if needed

  4. Raise the grill and check for debris

  5. Check the coolant level - you can find the coolant sight gauge on the left side of the radiator. 
    Add coolant if needed and lower the grill

  6. Move to the left side of the machine and check the lift arm brace - make sure it is secure

  7. Check the cab fresh air filter
    Remove the air filter from the duct, inspect the element and seal for damage
    If needed, clean the filter element with low-pressure air.

  8. At the front of the machine, check the lift arm and hydraulic connections for any signs of damage

  9. Inspect the bucket or attachment for anything out of the ordinary

  10. Remove any debris between the lift arm and bucket or attachment, as well on the attachment coupler interface plate

  11. On the right side of the machine, check the hydraulic oil sight gauge. Add oil if needed (ensure cap is secure)

  12. Some models require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) - the DEF gauge on the advanced display in the inside of the cab will show when the fluid is low. When required, refill the DEF on the right-hand side of the machine - the fuel location can be identified by the blue cap.

  13. Grease all grease fittings at their recommended intervals (check the service chart or OMM for grease points or click here to read the article).

For compact track loaders - it is important to clean your undercarriage daily:

  1. Inspect the track for any kind of damage - such as deep cuts, abrasions or embedded foreign matter
  2. Check the undercarriage wheels for damage. Inspect the sprocket teeth in the three locations listed in the OMM. 
  3. Remove any dirt or debris
  4. Inspect the track tension

For skid steer loaders

  1. Check the tyre pressure
  2. Make sure the lug nuts are tight and
  3. Inspect the tyres for any cuts

 

see how it's done - watch the video below


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