Though there's still a lot of harvesting left to do, winter is fast approaching, so you will soon be storing your tractor for the winter. Here are some tips to help you winterize it:
- Drain the tank and carburetor. If you fail to drain your gas tank and carburetor before storing it away, any remaining gas can damage the tractor.
- Clean. Using a tractor for a full season can wear it down. Before putting it away for the winter, it's best to remove all dirt and grime from the machine. You can do this in a number of ways, but if you use a power washer, make sure not to put the pressure up to high, as it may do more harm than good.
- Inspection. Once it's clean, inspect the tractor thoroughly and perform any last bits of maintenance.
- Oil change. Spent oil, if left in the tractor, can harm the unit if stored for a long period of time. Make sure to change the oil.
- Save the tires. Tractor tires are expensive. If you keep the tires on the tractor all winter, it's going to severely decrease the lifetime of the rubber. Put the unit on blocks to keep the tires off the ground.
- Battery. The cold temperature can ruin your battery and, potentially, the rest of the electronics. Disconnect the battery and place it in a separate, temperature controlled, location.
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Here are some steps to take when you winterize your tractor.