Quick tips on lengthening your tractor's life

7/9/2015 9:34:35 AM by

Your tractor helps you improve your agricultural output and by extension, your quality of life. By properly maintaining your tractor, you can ensure it is there when you need it. If you don't take proper care of your machinery, it won't last long and you'll have to spend more money in the long run. Owning a tractor is a significant investment and to get the most out of it, follow these tips.

  • Don't use a new tractor on full load until the engine is broken in.
  • Dirty oil and greases are responsible for 85 percent of premature wear and thus, reduced life expectancy.
  • Check the air cleaner daily and its connections to the carburetor frequently.
  • Replace the oil filter cartridge at manufacturer-specified intervals.
  • Change engine oil and transmission oil on time.
  • Keep the oil container clean.
  • Maintain cleanliness on the inside and outside of the tractor.
  • When engine temperatures exceed the normal level, clean out air passages through the radiator core. It's also a good idea to check the entire cooling system as well as fan belt tension.
  • Check the storage battery weekly and add distilled water if needed.
  • Check tire air pressure frequently.
  • Don't use the tractor or run the engine at full throttle until engine is warmed up upon each use.
  • Don't stop the engine immediately after working with a full load. Let it idle a few minutes to recuperate and then shut if off.
  • Clean the fuel sediment bowl frequently.
  • Clean out fuel line occasionally.
  • Have a total tune-up performed once each season.

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To save time and money in the long run, take good care of what you have.