Tips for routine tractor maintenance

6/22/2015 9:01:06 AM by

Your tractor is one of the most important things to your farm and most likely to you as well. You want to keep it running well enough to see many years to come and not break your bank account to do it. Always read your tractor's manufacturer maintenance manual before implementing additional advice, but these tips can't hurt.

Daily To Do's

  • Check/refill radiator fluid
  • Check/refill engine oil around 15 minutes after the tractor's engine has cooled
  • Clean out air filter

Weekly To Do's

  • Check tire pressure
  • Check elasticity of the fan belt using your thumb – it should only stretch about 12 to 18 millimeters, or a little over half an inch
  • Drain any water stored in oil filter
  • Check/refill the battery's water level
  • Check oil level of gear box
  • Grease up the front wheel hub, break control, tie rod and the like

Bimonthly To Do's

  • Clean smoke-tube carbon
  • Clean metallic oil filter – if it's made out of anything other than metal, change it
  • Check the feel of the clutch and break to see if it requires any additional attention
  • Oil up the starter

Monthly To Do's

  • If your manual says to clean the diesel filter, change or clean it
  • Wash the oil tank's tap filters
  • Check battery to see if it needs to be changed

Every Two Months: Have injector, valve, dynamo, self-starter and diesel pump inspected by an experienced mechanic and clean the oil tank.

Every Four Months: Drain gear box, steering, belt-pulley and back axle oils as well as clean the hydraulic pump filter.

Keep up-to-date with your tractor and it will keep up-to-date with you.