SERVICING YOUR TRACTOR
To keep your tractor running at it's best it is important to regularly service it. Whether it is a modern, classic or vintage tractor, there are key checks to carry out to ensure your tractor runs efficiently.
- Engine oil change
- Engine oil filter change
- Air filter inspection/change
Materials For Your Oil and Filter Change
Ensure you have all your materials ready to change your oil:
- Container for used oil
- Engine oil
- Oil filter
- Oil filter gasket
An oil change is the most important task you can do to make your engine last. If you have one consult your owner’s manual for the type and weight of oil specific to your tractor. Ensure you invest in the appropriate filter; don’t fill your engine with expensive synthetic oil with an economy filter—it won’t last and will decrease your oil life.
Start by spreading plastic sheeting on the ground. Then drive your tractor on top of it. That will eliminate all oil spill cleanup. If the engine is cold, run it for a while to warm up the oil. If it's already hot, leave for 30 minutes to reduce
temperature. Ensure the engine compartment is clear of debris or this could cause issues later on.
Remove the key from the engine to avoid anyone else starting the tractor (obvious, but it happens). Place a large enough container under the engine sump drain.
Whilst the oil is draining prep the oil filter by date marking it as a reminder of the change. Smear clean oil on the new filter’s gasket (at the base of the filter) this will help seal the filter to the engine block.
Once the new filter is fitted and the oil sump drain plug(s) have been tightened to the specified manufacturers torque setting fill the engine with the recommended oil.
After you have changed the oil start up the engine and let your tractor run for a short time. Now you can check the oil level - adding more if required to the correct level.
Finally you need to dispose of the old oil at your local recycling centre.