Maintaining Your John Deere Tractor: Essential Tips and Tricks from Tennessee Tractor
We know that you want to keep your tractor in the field for as long as possible, but a necessary task for that to happen is tractor maintenance. Maintaining your tractor will keep your tractor with you for the long haul and help you avoid any unnecessary repairs and damage to your machine. Follow these essential tips and tricks to keep your tractor in good working condition.
Read Owners Manual
First things first, before you do any major maintenance on your tractor you should get familiar with your equipment’s owner's manual. Your owner’s manual will let you know exactly what you need for your particular equipment and help you avoid skipping any steps or making any mistakes.
Check Under the Hood
Before you get started, a nice visual inspection of what’s under your hood is a good practice to catch any major red flags. This could include any worn or torn belts, leaks, or anything else that might need immediate attention. Also, if you haven’t used your tractor in a while, it is good to check under the hood for any rodents, birds, or other creatures that may have settled there. Looking a little dirty? Keep your engine clean and avoid build-up by hosing it down with a garden hose. You’ll also want to follow this protocol for your radiator to avoid your engine overheating.
Grease Up the Right Way
Make sure to lubricate all of the grease points on your tractor, however, don’t make the mistake of mixing grease formulations. Mixing grease formulations that aren’t compatible can cause adverse effects like hardening and not releasing oil or softening to where all of the oil releases and leaks out.
Check Bolts and Fluids
You should always check your fluid levels on at least a monthly basis. This includes your hydraulic oil, engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluid. If your fluids are darker than normal, it might be time to change it out. It is also important to keep an eye out for any leaks in need of immediate repair. Also, check bolts are nugs to make sure they are tight, especially your wheel bolts being that they tend to get loose over time.
Check Your Tires
Your tires are a part of your tractor that you should regularly monitor for any tears or cracks. If everything appears fine on the outside, check your tire pressure to make sure they have the correct amount of air they need. You can check your owner’s manual to find the max amount for your tires.
Winterize your tractor
Winterizing your tractor before the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit can save you trouble when the weather warms up again. Adding a winterizer or antigel product to your tractor’s fuel tank will prevent your fuel from thickening during the cold weather, causing your engine not to start.
Go to Trusted Dealer
Many of these check points you can complete yourself but if you run into any major issues it might be best to have a professional look at it. Take your tractor to a trusted dealer like Tennessee Tractor to get it handled without any worry or stress. All you have to do is if fill out a service request form and we’ll get you taken care of.
To get more expert advice on maintaining your tractor don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Tennessee Tractor dealer and we’ll be happy to assist you!