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Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinders - Aftermarket Replacements with 1-Year Warranty

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. What does the Tilt Cylinder Do on a Toyota Forklift?
  3. What are the Main Parts of My Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder?
  4. How does a Toyota Forklift Lift Cylinder Work?
  5. Signs that Your Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder is Worn
  6. When to Replace Your Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder
  7. Replace the Tilt Cylinder of Your Toyota Forklift
  8. Find the Best Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinders at Lift Parts Warehouse
  9. Takeaways


Tilt cylinders are an important part of the Toyota forklift hydraulic system. They help move loads from one place to another in a safer and more stable way. If you want your forklift to work without any problems, you need to ensure that the tilt cylinders always work properly. In this article, Lift Parts Warehouse wants to share what you should know about this hydraulic element and what considerations you have to take into account when purchasing a new replacement.

What does the Tilt Cylinder Do on a Toyota Forklift?

The tilt cylinders on Toyota forklifts are double-acting hydraulic actuators. This means that you can push and pull your load. There are typically two tilt cylinders on the forklift. They connect the left and right stationary rails of the forklift mast. This prevents the upright from flexing from side to side when the truck is used.

Operator using a Toyota forklift to store a load. The tilt cylinder is highlighted
Toyota forklift tilt cylinders help stabilize the load

The center of mass of the loads is kept closer to the fulcrum point on a Toyota forklift when using the tilt cylinders, making the transfer much more stable. This is especially important when handling loads several meters above ground level.

What are the Main Parts of My Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder?

Depending on the model of your Toyota forklift, the tilt cylinders may vary, but in essence, they all have the same set of components that allow them to perform their job. You must know each of them to have a greater insight into their vulnerabilities.

Toyota forklift tilt cylinder cross view
Tilt cylinder cross view

  • Piston. The cylinder rod is the part of the hydraulic cylinder that extends and retracts to create the force necessary to move the load. The cylinder rod is typically made from high-strength steel or other material that can withstand the high pressures generated by the hydraulic fluid. The length of the cylinder rod will vary depending on the application, but it is typically shorter than the overall length of the hydraulic cylinder.
  • Cylinder barrel. The barrel is the body that contains the piston. It is constructed of seamless steel tubing. The solid structure of the barrel maintains pressure and prevents leaks. It has two nozzles that allow the entry and exit of the hydraulic fluid.
  • Cylinder head. It is the part of the Toyota forklift tilt cylinder where the piston retracts or extends. It also has the function of containing the bearings that align the cylinders. Also, continent the seals that do not allow leaks to occur while the cylinder moves.
  • Cylinder Base. It is the opposite part of the cylinder head. It is responsible for attaching the tilt cylinder to the forklift.
  • Seals. The seals avoid leaks formation when the rod moves out of the barrel and help keep the pressure difference between the internal pinston's chambers stable. The seals are made of different materials, like Teflon, polyethylene, or rubber. The seals wear out over time and need to be replaced every once in a while.

How does a Toyota Forklift Lift Cylinder Work?

The tilt cylinders in a Toyota forklift are an additional hydraulic system component. The pistons in the tilt cylinders can be extended or retracted, depending on the operator's needs, due to the pressure generated by the hydraulic pump.

Attached tilt cylinder on a Toyota forklift. The red arrow indicates its location.
Toyota tilt cylinders extend or retract their pistons thanks hydraulic forces

Tilt cylinders rely on Pascal's hydraulic principle. This principle states that when pressure is applied to a confined liquid, the pressure is distributed equally throughout the entire liquid.

One way to exemplify this phenomenon would be to connect two liquid-filled cylinders, one of which should have a larger contact area. Suppose a compressive force is applied to the cylinder with the most significant contact area due to Pascal's principle of pressure distribution. In that case, an amplified lifting effect will be observed on the cylinder with the smallest contact area.

Simplified representation of how tilt cylinder principle operation works
Thanks to Pascal's hydraulic principle, Toyota tilt cylinders can handle large loads with only a small amount of force

Signs that Your Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder is Worn

Toyota forklift tilt cylinders with clear signs of deterioration
what looks like a sudden failure, actually would have been developing over time

Tilt cylinders usually don't fail without any warning. If you are paying close attention, you will see signs that they are starting to wear down. Below, we will list the main signs that indicate that your Toyota forklift tilt cylinder is beginning to deteriorate.

  • Feel like your tilt cylinder is stuck or having a hard time extending the piston.
  • Tilt cylinders make loud noises when used.
  • You notice unusual noises when the tilt cylinder starts to move.
  • Your tilt cylinder starts getting way too hot.
  • The piston is not moving straight.

When to Replace Your Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinder

A Toyota forklift tilt cylinder with cracks on its piston.
Cracks in the tilt cylinder pistons is a clear sign that they need to be replaced

Toyota forklifts have tilt cylinders that are very robust and resistant. However, they will not last forever. Eventually, you will need to replace them entirely. If you do this at the right time, you will save a lot on future maintenance costs. Below, we will summarize the main reasons you should replace your Toyota forklift's tilt cylinders.

  • Hydraulic cylinder no longer works or functions appropriately.
  • The piston rod of the tilt cylinder is scored, marred, or buckled.
  • There is a cracked piston, barrel, or other components.
  • The main barrel is scored.
  • Cylinder mountings are misaligned or damaged.
  • Hydraulic fluid is leaking from the cylinder.

Replace the Tilt Cylinder of Your Toyota Forklift

Replacing the tilt cylinder on a Toyota forklift is not tricky. You need the right tools and enough space to work. Use the following steps to remove the tilt cylinder from your Toyota forklift.

New Toyota forklift tilt cylinders ready to be installed
You can save money by replacing the tilt cylinders on your Toyota forklift yourself

  1. Park the forklift in an appropriate and safe place.
  2. Ensure the forklift brakes are applied for safety and place wedges on the wheels.
  3. Place the forklift mast in its normal position.
  4. Make sure the hydraulic system is not pressurized.
  5. Remove the floor panel to access the base of the tilt cylinder.
  6. Detach the hoses from the tilt cylinder.
  7. Remove the pins from the ends of the tilt cylinder.
  8. Once the base of the cylinder is disconnected, it can be removed without major issues.

Depending on the size of your Toyota forklift model, you may need an extra hand for this last step. Remember to wear safety gloves and protective glasses to avoid getting injured.

Find the Best Toyota Forklift Tilt Cylinders at Lift Parts Warehouse

If your tilt cylinders are not working as they should and the fault cannot be fixed by changing a few seals, then the best thing to do is replace them right away. And there's no better place to find Toyota forklift tilt cylinder replacement than Lift Parts Warehouse.

New aftermarket tilt cylinder for Toyota lift trucks 65501-U2201-71
Aftermarket tilt cylinder for Toyota lift trucks 65501-U2201-71

We have a wide variety of tilt cylinders compatible with many Toyota forklift models available on our online catalog. All our products come with at least one year of warranty, so you can be sure you're getting a good product.

New aftermarket tilt cylinder for Toyota lift trucks 65520-U2100-71
Aftermarket replacement tilt cylinder for Toyota lift trucks 65520-U2100-71

We have a lot of experience supporting customers in getting the right replacement parts for their Toyota forklifts. All you need to do is tell us the year and model of your Toyota lift truck, and we'll take care of finding the best compatible replacement for you. Plus, thanks to our excellent delivery service, you can have your new Toyota forklift Tilt cylinder in a few days. Do not miss this opportunity. Lift Parts Warehouse is your trusted online retailer.

We remind you that you also have other spare parts for your Toyota forklift that may interest you. Among the most requested by our customers we highlight the following:


Tilt cylinders are an essential component of any Toyota forklift. They help to stabilize the load when it is handled. If the tilt cylinders fail while the lift truck is operating, it can put the operator's safety and the people around him at risk. That's why it's so important to have a reliable source for replacement parts. Lift Parts Warehouse is your one-stop-shop for all your forklift needs. We carry a complete line of replacement parts for Toyota lift trucks, and we can get you the forklift tilt cylinder you need in a very short time. So you don't have to think twice, and call us today! (1.800.210.8170)

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