|Tips on tractor maintenance|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 11:43|
Here are 10 easy steps to tractor longevity
1. Never extend oil life past one year. It is okay to leave last season’s oil in the system during winter if you are not going to be using your equipment but be sure to change before its first use in spring. Oil is vital for functions like lubrication of all working engine parts, prevention of corrosion, protection against rust and wear and maintaining a clean engine.
2. Check hydraulic, transmission and rear end case fluid levels. A tiny bit of dirt can ruin the hydrostatic transmission or the hydraulic cylinder seals, so you will want to check your hydraulic system. Wipe off the filler cap and filler tube, then re-fill the hydraulic system carefully.
3. Clean or replace filters because the spring and summer seasons are often dry and dusty. You should also change your tractor’s air filter. Check the fuel filters and oil filters and when applicable, you will want to check your hydraulic system filters. Go ahead and change any filters that appear dirty as it is just good preventive maintenance and is cost effective.
4. Do not overlook the battery. Test each battery cell’s electrolyte level with a hydrometer. If necessary, re-charge or replace the battery.
5. Check safety features. Check the brakes and brake pads to make certain they are not slipping or grabbing. Check tyres to guarantee they are properly inflated and inspect all lights to make sure they are working properly.
6. Inspect cable connections. Check the spark plugs and change them if necessary. Pay special attention to glow plugs, if applicable. Make sure all starter connections are secure and have not corroded. Tighten any loose connections, but be careful not to over tighten. Do the same for the generator and modify the tension in the driving belt.
7. Make sure the engine is adequately lubricated. Lubrication guidelines will be found in your equipment owner’s manual.
8. Flush and clean the radiator. If you did not flush the radiator last autumn, do so this spring. Also gently vacuum or blow out debris that may restrict airflow from the radiator coils.
9. Tighten and repair loose bolts. Fix leaks, tighten wheel plugs and re-torque to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check for loose bolts, leaks, worn belts, hoses and listen for any suspicious rattles to guarantee your safety as well as the reliability of your equipment.
10. Clean and restore attachments. Clean all scraper blades. Sharpen the cutting blade on any mowing equipment at the beginning of spring, then again before the first mowing. Check any other attachments and implements. Inspect for and remove any rust then re-touch as necessary.
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