6 Tractor Maintenance Tips
Maintaining your equipment is an important part of ownership. Today you're going to learn some tractor maintenance points.
Following the tractor maintenance guidelines in your Operator’s Manual is critical to making sure your tractor is always ready to work when you are. And --- there are many points to consider that you might not find in your manual.
Here are a few tractor maintenance checkpoints to remember that will help keep you out of trouble and your tractor running smoothly...
(1.) Check and tighten your tractor’s wheel bolts.
(2.) When lubricating your tractor’s grease points, don’t mix grease formulations. Incompatible grease formulations can chemically react with each other in undesirable ways. Essentially, either the mixture can harden and not release any of its oil, eliminating its ability to lubricate. Or the mixture can soften and release all of the oil, which then leaks out.
(3.) Before the temperature falls below 32o Fahrenheit, add a winterizer/antigel product to your tractor’s fuel storage tank. Without this antigel agent, your fuel can literally thicken into a gel during cold weather, your tractor won’t start, and it can be difficult to warm it up again. This is also a good time to check your engine coolant mixture using an antifreeze/coolant tester.
(4.) Read your Operator’s Manual. A reminder review of any tractor maintenance you should be conducting right now can help save a costly mistake.
(5.) When planning to use your tractor after an extended period of not using it, check the engine compartment for rodents, birds, and other varmints who may have set up in there.
(6.) Clean your radiator and all its screens using compressed air. The radiator is essentially how your tractor engine dissipates heat. If the screens are clogged, bad things can ultimately happen. This is especially true after work that can kick up a lot of dust or residue like rotary cutting, hay cutting, and the like.
AGAIN --- always read the Operator’s Manual before storing or operating any piece of equipment, and follow all the operating and safety instructions.
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