Tractor winter maintenance is crucial during the brutal Missouri winter weather. Well, it’s that time of the year – winter is here now! Some folks use a tractor to plow snow, feed livestock, or perform other operations a couple of times a week. But did you know that winter equipment repair and maintenance on your equipment can save you time and expensive repairs during the busy seasons? In this post, we’ll discuss what you should know about tractor winter maintenance.
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Services to prepare a tractor for the winter include:
- Change the oil
- Drain the fuel tank or use an additive
- Check the battery
Whether you use the tractor occasionally or every day, you should perform a few maintenance procedures.
Change the oil
The best time to change the oil in your tractor is before the winter kicks in. As you know, during the cold snowy weather, it can be nearly impossible to flush out the sediments in the oil. Also, in winter the oil becomes thicker and stiff, making it much harder to start the engine. So, when you take your equipment to the dealership for service, you should consider the oil with a design for winter usage.
Drain the fuel tank
Fuel (particularly ethanol-laden gasoline) will change when it sits. Furthermore, the fuel could turn stale, which is characterized by the varnish smell when you start the tractor the next morning. Using a fuel additive or draining the tank may be the best option.
If you don’t drain it, the oil could block the fuel supply lines. By having your diesel fuel reconditioned, you reduce the risk of:
- Damaging the engine oil filter
- Blocking the valves
- Damaging the injection nozzle
- Spoiling the timing device
Another benefit of reconditioning the fuel tank is to increase the lifespan of the engine. At the very least, you should turn on the fuel valve of your tractor to drain the tank. Keep in mind that even a small amount of fuel in the carburetor could give a vanish-like coating.
Check the battery
During the cold winter, the last thing you want is to deal with a battery that won’t start. A starter that doesn’t engage the engine shows that the battery could be dead. To ensure the battery is ready for the winter season, you should keep it fully charged.
If you’re going to use the tractor a few times, you could disconnect the battery and keep in a well-ventilated area.
Why winterize your tractor at the dealership
Before the winter starts, you should schedule for maintenance. A technician will ensure all components have the correct calibration and repairs according to the factory specifications. Additionally, the dealer has the right tools and knowledge to get the machine start once the season starts. So, no matter the make or model of your tractor, you can be sure it will be in good hands with a highly trained technician.
Another benefit of winterizing the tractor at the dealership is that the work may come with a guarantee. If your equipment is still under warranty, you could end up paying little out-of-pocket costs. Other benefits include:
- The right parts are available
- Service from the dealer doesn’t void the warranty
- Professionally trained technicians perform the work
By following the above tips, you’ll be one step ahead of giving the best possible care to your tractor.