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CASE Construction Spring Cleaning Checklist for Equipment Owners

Spring cleaning isn’t just for homes—it’s also crucial for ensuring your CASE construction equipment is operating at its best. Regular maintenance is the cornerstone of equipment longevity and efficiency, and with our tailored spring maintenance checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle any project that comes your way.

1. General Clean Up

It’s been a long, messy winter. Start your spring cleaning with a thorough cleaning inside and out of your CASE construction equipment. A thorough pressure washing is a good idea, paying attention to both the exterior and undercarriage. This will remove built-up dirt, grease, and debris, not only enhancing its appearance but also preventing potential issues down the line. 

Don’t forget to check the functionality of your lights, reflectors, mirrors, and windows. Clean windows and properly adjusted mirrors ensure optimal visibility, crucial for safe and efficient operation on any job site.

Next, move inside the operator’s cabin. Give it a deep clean, removing dust, dirt, and any clutter that may have accumulated over the winter months. A clean and organized cabin not only creates a more pleasant work environment but also helps your equipment operators stay focused and productive throughout the day. 

Finally, don’t forget to top off your windshield washer fluid. Having a clear view, both inside and out, is essential for safe operation, especially during unpredictable spring weather.

2. Fluid Levels and Filters

Your CASE equipment’s fluids and filters require consistent attention to maintain optimal performance and prevent costly breakdowns. Sitting idle for 3 to 4 months does no favors for your construction equipment. 

Check your engine oil first and have it changed based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, taking into account your specific operating conditions. Severe environments or extended use might require more frequent changes. Also ensure you replace the oil filter at the same time, ensuring clean oil circulates throughout the engine.

Next, move on to other crucial fluids:

  • Hydraulic Fluid: This vital system transmits power throughout your machine’s systems. Top off your hydraulic fluid if necessary, using only the manufacturer-recommended type to ensure compatibility and optimal performance.
  • Engine Coolant: This fluid plays a vital role in regulating engine temperature. Check its level and condition, topping it off or replacing it as needed to prevent overheating and potential damage. 
  • Brake Fluid: Brake fluid is responsible for safe stopping power. Inspect its level and color; any changes might indicate contamination or deterioration, requiring a flush or replacement.

Once your fluids are looking good, move on to your filters. Replace the air filter, which prevents harmful dust and debris from entering the engine and compromising its performance. Also, change the fuel filter to eliminate contaminants that could clog injectors and reduce fuel efficiency. Following a recommended preventive maintenance program or performing a visual inspection will guide you on filter replacement intervals.

3. Tires and Tracks

Whether your CASE equipment relies on rubber tires or steel tracks, ensuring their proper condition is crucial for safe and efficient operation. Start with a thorough inspection of your tires. Look for any signs of wear, such as uneven tread patterns, bald spots, or cuts. Check for cracks in the sidewalls, which could indicate potential blowouts. 

Maintaining proper inflation pressure is equally important. Underinflated tires not only wear out faster but also affect fuel efficiency and handling. Consult your owner’s manual for the recommended pressure based on your tire size and typical load. Also, remove any foreign objects lodged in the treads, as they can damage the tire and compromise its grip.

If your CASE construction equipment has steel tracks, proper maintenance is equally important. Clean out the tracks to remove dirt, debris, and build-up, which can accelerate wear and tear. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning methods and lubricants for tracked equipment to ensure smooth operation and minimize friction. 

Additionally, check the track tension and adjust it if necessary to prevent derailing and premature wear. Remember, properly maintained tracks not only contribute to your machine’s longevity but also provide optimal traction and performance on any terrain.

By dedicating time to inspecting and maintaining your tires or tracks, you’re ensuring your CASE equipment is ready to handle any job with confidence and control. A stable foundation is key to tackling any challenge the work site throws your way.

4. Battery & Electrical System

By the time spring comes around, chances are your electrical system needs some attention. Begin by cleaning and tightening the battery terminals. Corrosion build-up can hinder starting power, so removing any grime using a baking soda and water solution will improve connection and conductivity. 

If you have a lead-acid battery, check the electrolyte level and condition. Ensure it covers the plates and add distilled water if necessary. Low electrolyte levels can damage the battery, so timely checks are crucial. Finally, test the battery voltage and capacity using a voltmeter. Knowing its health will prevent unexpected equipment failure on the job site.

A well-maintained electrical system ensures reliable power delivery, keeping your machine running at its best. Once your battery is in top condition, inspect your equipment’s wiring harnesses for any signs of damage or wear. Look for exposed wires, loose connections, or chafing that could cause electrical issues or even fires. Addressing these concerns promptly will prevent costly repairs and downtime later. 

By implementing these simple checks and routine maintenance practices, you can ensure your CASE equipment’s battery and electrical system are ready to power through any project with confidence.

5. Safety and Attachments

Your CASE equipment’s spring cleaning routine shouldn’t neglect crucial safety checks. Start by verifying the functionality of your emergency stop buttons. Ensure they respond instantly and effectively when pressed, potentially preventing accidents in critical situations. 

Don’t forget to check your fire extinguishers. Verify they are fully charged and readily accessible in case of emergencies. Having the right equipment readily available can make a significant difference in an unexpected situation. Additionally, keep a well-stocked first aid kit nearby, prepared to address any minor injuries that might occur on the job site.

Beyond the machine itself, pay close attention to any attachments you regularly use. Give them a thorough inspection, looking for any signs of damage like cracks, bends, or loose welds. Such issues could compromise the attachment’s integrity and lead to safety hazards. 

Check for loose bolts that might cause the attachment to detach during operation, posing a serious risk. Proper lubrication is key to smooth operation and minimizing wear and tear. Consult your owner’s manual for specific lubrication points and ensure they are adequately addressed. 

Finally, take the time to review your operator manuals and safety procedures for each attachment. A refresher on proper usage and potential risks can go a long way in preventing accidents and keeping yourself and your machine operators safe.

Schedule Professional Service

You can perform much of this springtime heavy equipment maintenance yourself. However, it’s always a good idea to have an authorized CASE dealer inspect and perform preventative maintenance on your heavy equipment to ensure everything is in good working order, troubleshoot any issues early, and minimize repair costs. 

Our team here at RPM Machinery can provide a detailed service check that includes: 

  • Engine diagnostics and performance checks to identify potential issues, optimize performance, and extend equipment life.
  • Hydraulic system analysis and pressure tests to ensure proper system function and prevent downtime.
  • Brake system inspection and adjustments to guarantee safe and reliable stopping power.
  • Undercarriage component wear and lubrication maintain smooth operation and extend component life.
  • Software updates and calibration to keep your machine running at peak efficiency.

Key Takeaways

Investing time in spring cleaning your CASE construction equipment is a smart move for maximizing efficiency, safety, and longevity. When your machinery has been sitting or exposed to harsh winter conditions for months on end, you definitely want to perform some basic maintenance tasks before putting it through the rigors of a long, hot peak construction season. We hope this heavy equipment maintenance checklist helps you get started.

Contact RPM Machinery today for expert advice and timely service options to get all of your CASE construction equipment and get ready to take on the spring and summer workload.