Prepare Your Tractor For Winter

Whether you are planning on using or storing your tractor over the winter months there are some steps you can take to help protect your tractor and extend the life of the parts.

Winterising Tips For Your Tractor

  1. Inspect Tyres: In colder weather rubber tyres can become brittle, it is important to check tyres are at the recommended pressure to help prolong their life during the winter months.
  2. Check Fluids: Keep your tractor in good condition by following recommendations on engine oil and coolant for cold weather.
  3. Replace Fuel With Winter Grade Fuel: Drain the tank to replace with winter grade fuel to prevent it from freezing. In low temperatures diesel can form crystals that may cause fuel filters to plug which can result in costly repairs.
  4. Check Your Tank For Condensation: Condensation in the fuel tank can build up in cold weather, using a diesel fuel additive recommended by the manufacturer can help prevent this.
  5. Check The Battery: Batteries can struggle starting in the winter – ensure you check the condition by load testing and inspecting the terminals and connections. If you won’t be using your tractor over the winter, remove the battery and store in a warm environment – cold  weather can shorten the life of your battery and hinder the power required to start the engine.
  6. Park In A Heated Or Dry Shelter: Keeping your tractor out of the elements will help prolong the parts and ensure it will start more easily in the winter. If you can’t part undercover, try to park facing the rising sun.
  7. Use An Engine Block Heater:  If you can park within reach of an electrical outlet an engine block heather will help warm the engine coolant, making it easier to start and minimise the effect of cold weather on the engine.
  8. Warming Up: Allow your engine 5-10 minutes to warm the engine fluids before operating.
  • Prepare Your Tractor For Winter

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