Lengthen the lifespan of your lawn tractor

3/2/2016 4:11:41 PM by

Tractors aren't cheap, which is why it's important to maintain them properly throughout the year. Part of this maintenance includes proper storage, especially during the winter. Dealers have been known to charge hundreds of dollars for tractor maintenance with variations based on type and size. Instead of paying this amount of money, follow these easy maintenance tips.

1. Clean the mower deck

Mowers always come with belt guards to protect belts and pulleys from grass, debris and clippings. However, the guards aren't perfect. Despite their best efforts, the tractor's belts and pulleys often suck up debris anyway, causing these parts to wear away. Once pulleys wear down, they'll destroy any new belts you put on it. A quick fix is to use an air compressor to blow off the deck every third or fourth mowing.

2. Proper oil maintenance

Like any vehicle, you need to change your tractor's oil regularly. You also need to refer to its manual to ensure the correct type of oil is used. The time of season also matters, as your manual may have a "winter weight" oil recommendation.

Along with changing the oil, always change the filter and clean up the engine if any oil spills.

These are only a couple of ways to make sure your tractor stays well maintained throughout the year. If you would like more information on where to obtain replacement parts for your tractor or how to properly maintain your vehicle, turn to our simple online hub which connects buyers to sellers.