Whether you have a tractor for work around your home or for work on a farm, there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done. A tractor is a versatile machine that you can use for a lot of chores, and maintenance will help keep it in good shape. Before the cold winter weather arrives, you will want to do a few last maintenance tasks to get your tractor ready for the cold weather. Here are some tips to help you with preparing your tractor for the cold winter weather ahead:
1. Revising All the Connections and Fittings for Leaks That Need Repair
With tractors, there are many different types of connections, which use hydraulics. You want to check all the hoses and connections to ensure that there are no leaks. Replace any parts that are leaking parts. With hydraulic systems, you may also want to change the fluid and use a hydraulic fluid that is thinner during the colder months, which will not cause problems with the temperature outside gets down below the freezing point. If you live in a northern climate, you may want to consider insulating covers for tractor parts like hydraulic pumps. In addition, make sure that the PTO shaft is greased and working properly.
2. Changing All the Fluids and Double Checking the Radiator and Antifreeze
Another chore that needs to be done for the maintenance of your tractor is changing all the fluids. Before the cold weather arrives, you will want to change the oil and filter, and check the antifreeze in the radiator. Since tractors spend a lot of time outside, inspect the cooling system for leaks regularly and make sure that you use an antifreeze for temperatures that are well-blow freezing.
3. Checking the Tires, Battery and Other Components That Can Fail In Cold Weather
There are many parts that fail during the harsh cold weather that winter brings. First, check the tires to make sure they have air in them. You may want to put antifreeze treatment in the tires to prevent condensation from freezing and causing damage. In addition, check the battery and make sure that parts that move are well-greased to protect them in harsh working conditions during the winter months.
These are some tips that will help you prepare your tractor for the cold weather. If you have worn parts that need to be replaced, contact a tractor parts service to complete repairs before the first cold front.