There are a few simpler tips for keeping your tractor running in cold weather...
1. Park In a Heated Garage
The most ideal solution, if it’s available, is to simply park your tractor in a heated garage during cold weather. Even if you keep your garage at a modest 50°F or so, your tractor will thank you and start like it’s summer outside, eliminating the need to proceed with more complicated solutions.
2. Use An Engine Block Heater
An engine block heater is exactly what its name suggests—a small heater, typically powered from a regular electrical outlet, intended to heat the engine block and make the tractor easier to start. Designs vary, and some heaters can be installed on the oil pan or in place of the dipstick to heat the oil. Once they’re installed, heaters are easy to use and work great as long as you park within reach of an electrical outlet.
3. Remove the Battery When the Tractor Is Not in Use
Batteries don’t care for cold weather. They grow weak and are unable to deliver the power needed to turn over a stubborn engine, even if they are otherwise fully charged. Take the battery out when the tractor is not in use and keep it somewhere warm so that’s it’s ready to fire its best shot when I need the tractor to start on a cold day. Top off the battery with a charger so it’s at peak strength.
4. On Mildly Chilly Days, Park Facing the Morning Sun
Park your tractor out in the open, facing east, so that the rising sun falls on the hood right away in the morning and get a head start warming up the engine. This doesn’t work too well on cloudy mornings, but the simplicity of the overall idea is striking enough to warrant a mention.
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