Daily Manitou Checks Guide

Daily Manitou Checks Guide

By maintaining your Manitou telehandler you can considerably extend the life of your machine. One of the best ways to do this is by completing daily checks. Watch Locators’ video guide below to see our very own specialist Steve explain how you can ensure your Manitou looks and works the way it should for maximum efficiency.

If you do have any questions regarding Manitou checks please do not hesitate to call one of our friendly team members on 01202 854 200.

00:00 - Introduction
Welcome to this Locators video on Manitou daily checks. Let’s get started. Whilst there’s no particular order that we have to check the fluids on the Manitou machine, it makes sense to start with the engine. (Steve unlocks and lifts the cover up – right side of the machine)
00:23 - Motor Engine
So, motor engine, nice and simple to check. Dipstick here, ball filler here (both located to the left of the radiator). We can move to the head of the tank on the radiator here. And whilst we’re here, we can also check the cleanliness of the radiator and any damage (the radiator is quite easy to spot – it’s silver and rectangular). We can check the fan belt (also silver, located to the left of the radiator). We can check for leaks around any of the filters or any of the hoses (located to the far left, opposite the radiator). We can check the water trap (looks like a test tube, located to the far left), and whilst we’re under the bonnet, I’ll open off the fluid and we can also check the air filter (round, clipped in a casing, located on far left). The next set of fluids would be the hydraulic and washer fluid. They’re outside of the bonnet. Let’s go and find those.
01:04 - Hydraulics
The hydraulic tank is mounted behind the cab on the MT625 and the hydraulic sight gauge is located behind the cab, quite low down and you wouldn’t necessarily see it to the naked eye (these are both on the back left of the machine – the other side of the engine). You can see it underneath here. When you check this, you need to make sure the machine is on level ground, with the boom closed to ensure that you get a true reading – and what you’re looking for is the oil level on the centre of the dial itself.
01:35 - Washer Fluid
Moving forward to the last fluid we’re going to need to check – it’s washer fluid located in the mudguard underneath this little err, this little cover, unlocked by the key (front left of the vehicle – the other side of the engine).
01:45 - Tyres
After we’ve finished the fluids, it’s logical to check the tyres. The easiest thing to do is do a visual inspection all the way around the outside. Also, the inside to make sure there’s no damage – no cuts – no bulges, that will impair the working ability and stability of the tyre. Also, you need to check the pressure, and very importantly, you need to check the tightness of the wheel nuts. And you might ask, “How do we check that the wheel nuts are tight?” Well Manitou provide you with a wheel brace and on the MT625, it’s just this side of the cab here (just underneath and to the left of the cab seat, closest to the door).
02:15 - Working Implements
After we’ve checked the tyres, it seems also logical that we check the working implements on the machine – such as the attachment. Most people just have standard forks, in this case, a floating fork carriage. What would we need to check? Well, obviously, we need to check the forks are not damaged – and not bent – that they’re in good working order. So we need to check that the fork returning pins on the Manitou TFF are in good condition. So that the forks can’t move laterally. There’s not much else to check, other than if you’re fitted with the optional hydraulic lock-in – that the hose is and the tap is in good working order.
02:48 - Grease
Whilst we’re walking around the machine – checking the general condition – we can also grease all the pins and washers. This is extremely important, mainly because it’ll prolong the life of the machine and prevent downtime. But also, lower the total cost of ownership in the long run.
03:03 - Lights
You can find that information in the maintenance section of the operators manual, generally located behind the seat. All Manitou machines imported into the UK come standard with road lights, flashing beacon, some with working lights all need checking even if you’re not going out on the road.
04:19 - Thanks for Watching
Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.
00:00 - Introduction

Welcome to this Locators video on Manitou daily checks. Let’s get started. Whilst there’s no particular order that we have to check the fluids on the Manitou machine, it makes sense to start with the engine. (Steve unlocks and lifts the cover up – right side of the machine)
00:23 - Motor Engine

So, motor engine, nice and simple to check. Dipstick here, ball filler here (both located to the left of the radiator). We can move to the head of the tank on the radiator here. And whilst we’re here, we can also check the cleanliness of the radiator and any damage (the radiator is quite easy to spot – it’s silver and rectangular). We can check the fan belt (also silver, located to the left of the radiator). We can check for leaks around any of the filters or any of the hoses (located to the far left, opposite the radiator). We can check the water trap (looks like a test tube, located to the far left), and whilst we’re under the bonnet, I’ll open off the fluid and we can also check the air filter (round, clipped in a casing, located on far left). The next set of fluids would be the hydraulic and washer fluid. They’re outside of the bonnet. Let’s go and find those.
01:04 - Hydraulics

The hydraulic tank is mounted behind the cab on the MT625 and the hydraulic sight gauge is located behind the cab, quite low down and you wouldn’t necessarily see it to the naked eye (these are both on the back left of the machine – the other side of the engine). You can see it underneath here. When you check this, you need to make sure the machine is on level ground, with the boom closed to ensure that you get a true reading – and what you’re looking for is the oil level on the centre of the dial itself.
01:35 - Washer Fluid

Moving forward to the last fluid we’re going to need to check – it’s washer fluid located in the mudguard underneath this little err, this little cover, unlocked by the key (front left of the vehicle – the other side of the engine).
01:45 - Tyres

After we’ve finished the fluids, it’s logical to check the tyres. The easiest thing to do is do a visual inspection all the way around the outside. Also, the inside to make sure there’s no damage – no cuts – no bulges, that will impair the working ability and stability of the tyre. Also, you need to check the pressure, and very importantly, you need to check the tightness of the wheel nuts. And you might ask, “How do we check that the wheel nuts are tight?” Well Manitou provide you with a wheel brace and on the MT625, it’s just this side of the cab here (just underneath and to the left of the cab seat, closest to the door).
02:15 - Working Implements
After we’ve checked the tyres, it seems also logical that we check the working implements on the machine – such as the attachment. Most people just have standard forks, in this case, a floating fork carriage. What would we need to check? Well, obviously, we need to check the forks are not damaged – and not bent – that they’re in good working order. So we need to check that the fork returning pins on the Manitou TFF are in good condition. So that the forks can’t move laterally. There’s not much else to check, other than if you’re fitted with the optional hydraulic lock-in – that the hose is and the tap is in good working order.
02:48 - Grease

Whilst we’re walking around the machine – checking the general condition – we can also grease all the pins and washers. This is extremely important, mainly because it’ll prolong the life of the machine and prevent downtime. But also, lower the total cost of ownership in the long run.
03:03 - Lights

You can find that information in the maintenance section of the operators manual, generally located behind the seat. All Manitou machines imported into the UK come standard with road lights, flashing beacon, some with working lights all need checking even if you’re not going out on the road.
04:19 - Thanks for Watching

Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.

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