In previous posts we recommended that you store your tractor away during the winter. This protects it from the harsh seasonal conditions. We also recommended that you winterize it. This meant replacing the air and fuel filters, protecting the battery and tires and topping off the gas tank. If you didn't store it away or winterize it, the worst thing you can do is turn it on this spring and begin using it. So, don't!
During the winter, a lot of bad things happen to your tractor. First, it goes into hibernation. Second, while it hasn't been driven around for a few months, it's still been subject to wear and tear. Here are a few of the hardships your poor tractor has been facing over the past couple of months.
1. Battery trouble
Older vehicles should be able to sit in park for a month or more without the battery dying. New vehicles obviously fare much better. According to Calvin Feist, instructor at NAIT in Edmonton, and The Globe and Mail, "The best thing to do to keep your battery charged is drive the vehicle on a regular basis; every three to four days should be fine." While Feist is talking about cars, we can apply the same concept to any motor vehicle.
2. Air filter issues
The air filter is more likely to become worn and dirty while the tractor is in use, but you should still check it before using the tractor. Over the winter, debris, dirt, sand and dust can get caught up in air filters. It's best to start the season on the safe side and switch out the filters, if needed.
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