The milk taxi is a marvelous stainless-steel machine that can pasteurize, cool, mix, transport and dose milk or milk supplements to calves in a very efficient manner. However, over time even the most well-built machines need maintenance from time to time, and with so many functions the Milk Taxi is no exception.
Machine is leaking water out of the bottom of the taxi.
Leaving this for an extended period can cause electrical problems, down the line that can be costly if water is drenching key components.
Battery life is subpar/struggles to make it through a feeding.
Usually, batteries will last between 2-3 years on Milk Taxis. (Note: there are 3 batteries on a taxi. 2 for the drive and 1 for the dosing pump.)
Pump is not accurate anymore when dosing.
Likely caused by a weak 12V battery or milk path is full of cheese, calibration was done incorrectly or user is pumping at various heights.
Cheese can be made numerous different ways in a milk taxi if there are faults with any of the: cooling, heating, agitation, level sensing components. high bacterial milk, high air temperatures (hot summer) or even high cooling water temperature.
Heating is weak sauce.
More often caused by a dead heating pad, cooling valve stuck open, no 220V power at plug, over-temperatures switches opening earlier then specified.
Calves are getting sick.
High bacteria count is likely the culprit. Consult with an FMV technician on a few troubleshooting techniques.
It has been more than 2 years since any work has been done.
Items such as hoses, gasket batteries and relays should be inspected and replaced every 2 years.
Milk Taxi Top Tips to help sustain the life of your taxi:
Avoid spraying high pressure water at anything electrical, I know it seems trivial, but I have encountered it several times on things such as the 220V power plug and taxi display that can cause arcing and corrosion.
Do not push the taxi while it is in gear. Use the neutral lever located on the front between the 2 drive wheels.
Food for thought: if the cost of a maintenance can save even 1 emergency call out fee, I feel it will more then pay for itself, especially if issues get caught early!