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3 Crucial Steps Before Using Your Tractor After The Cold Season

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A tractor is one of the most important pieces of farming equipment a farmer will own; it helps with harvesting, planting, and hauling equipment on the farm and with so many other heavy chores. Because it's so important, a farmer will want to treat it carefully and ensure it's always in good working order.

When you take your tractor out after the cold season or after it's been in storage for some time, it's vital that you first check it properly to reduce wear and tear. Consider a few important steps before using your tractor after the cold season or when it's been in storage.

1. Give it time to get warm

As with a car engine, running cold fluids over tractor parts will cause excessive wear and tear. Fuel and oil get thick as they get cold, and forcing them over the parts of an engine can cause corrosion and wear. Unfortunately, as with their cars, many people often rev up their tractors when they're cold, thinking this will get them warmer. This is actually one of the worst things you can do when your tractor has been in storage, so allow it to warm up on its own and resist the urge to rev the engine.

2. Shut it off and check all fluids

Once the tractor has gotten warm, shut it off and check all the fluid levels. The warmer engine will ensure the fluids are no longer thick, so you can get an accurate reading. Check the oil levels and the coolant, as these are most important.

If you notice fluids are low, this may signal you have a leak somewhere in the hoses or engine block itself and that the fluids have leaked out while the tractor was in storage. Note if the hoses have fluid around connectors and change these if necessary. Check plugs on the engine block for leaks and change those if necessary.

3. Run the unit and check the tension of belts

Once you've checked the fluids and hoses, it's time to check the belts. The best way to do this is to run the tractor and give them a visual inspection. Belts should be tense enough that they virtually disappear as they rotate.

If you notice that a belt seems to have a bump when it spins, this is usually a sign that it's come loose somewhat and is being swung away from its pivot points. Shut the tractor off and then manually check the belt for lack of tension or wear. Replace the belt even if you notice it's only slightly worn as this will protect the tractor's internal parts.

You can talk to a company like Unkefer Equipment about getting parts to replace those damaged during the winter months. 

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26 December 2014