I may be jumping the gun a bit here but let's talk spring, spring tune up that is. After all, the groundhog predicted an early spring! In case your equipment has been sitting it out for a few months, or you didn’t have a chance to prepare it before getting hit with a big winter storm, here is a list of a few things to get your started on what to check in order to get your equipment ready to run.
Get out your operators’ manual also to get a good checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Change out spark plugs for gasoline engines
Check belts and hoses for cracks
Check belt tension to prevent slipping
Check fluids for water due to condensation
Check and/or change fluids for hydraulics and transmission
Change the oil
Check the cooling system for leaks or cracks from freezing
Grease all fittings
Adjust brakes, clutches and drives according to the manufactures specs
Check tires for wear and proper air pressure
Check that intake guards and shields on grain augers are secure
Check the exhaust system for excessive rust or leaks
Make sure all steps and platforms are free of grease and oil to avoid slipping and falling
Before you get into the tune up, it is always a good idea to clean off equipment to clear away any water, dirt and built up dust. Use an air compressor, power washer or garden hose to get into hard to reach places. Now is also a good time to wax and polish your equipment to protect the paint, as well as resale value. If you don’t have time to do everything needed to tune up your equipment, make sure you get it in to your dealer and allow plenty of time for any parts that might need to be ordered.
The seemingly shorter winter season may have extended the upcoming spring season, so you definitely want to make sure all of your equipment is ready for operation. Proper maintenance now will ultimately save money on costly repairs in the long run.