What is the general maintenance for my Payloader?

Batteries/Grease Fittings/Differential/Steering Gear/Brake fluid/Brakes


Batteries may be recharged if vehicle has been driven 15

minutes or more since the previous charge. Before charging,

be sure master power switch is OFF and the key is removed

from the switch.

Refer to Chapter 8 for all procedures related to the batteries.


There are six lubrication points with grease fittings on the front

end of the vehicle — one on each of the four tie rod ends and

one on each side of the front axle (kingpin pivot). Under

normal conditions, these points should be greased every six

months with chassis lube.


The differential should be checked upon receipt and monthly

for leakage.

For BC2 use SAE HD30 gear oil for differential fluid

replacement. For BC3 and 4 vehicles use SAE 80/90 gear oil.

Do not overfill. Lubricant should not go above the bottom of

the filler plug hole when the vehicle is level.


Check yearly; add grease as required (Molub-Alloy #0 or


NOTICE: This will require replacing the steering cover

gasket. Part Number 83113-02.


Check tension semi-annually. Contact your Columbia dealer.


Wash underside to remove all dirt and debris. Do not direct

high pressure water at the controller, speed switches, or tops

of the batteries.

Wash cab (if equipped), body, and seats with a mild

detergent. Do not use abrasives (bodies are painted).

Frequent washings with mild soap will preserve the finish of

your vehicle. For stubborn and imbedded dirt, a soft bristle

brush may be used. Tar, asphalt, creosote and the like should

be removed immediately to prevent staining of paint.


Check the brake fluid in the master cylinder periodically

(under normal conditions, every 3 months). The master

cylinder is located under the front deck board and seat

assembly. Use DOT 3 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid. Maintain

fluid level within 1/4" of master cylinder filler opening.


Rear brakes are self adjusting and require no adjustment. They

should be checked for wear every 6 months along with front

brakes if equipped.


As the brake pads wear thinner, the parking brake must be

adjusted to preserve proper parking brake operation. Be very

cautious when performing this adjustment or doing any work

on your brakes. The parking brake adjustment is made to hold

the vehicle, load capacity, and driver on a 15% grade for 15

minutes (ASME B56.8).