Vehicles are difficult to maintain, especially heavy machines like tractors. Not only do you have to perform a thorough maintenance for the off-season but you should also make some time for daily maintenances. Tractors can be a profitable investment but only if you take good care of them. In order to keep your tractor running for a long time, create regular maintenance schedules. Here are some tips every tractor owner should consider.
Consult the Owner’s Manual
The very first thing you should do after buying a tractor, is to read thoroughly the owner’s manual. Owner’s manual explain everything you need to know about your tractor. It also has maintenance schedule and tricks about making repairs. However, instead of memorizing the whole thing, you should create your own schedule.
For example, list down some tasks to perform on a daily basis, weekly as well as monthly basis that you think are most important. Owner’s manual of different types of tractors are available here http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/280825902-ford-new-holland-tc29-tc29d-tractor-workshop or you can visit this website to download more New Holland manuals.
Perform Visual Inspections
Before going to work every day, perform visual inspection on your tractor. Check for visible signs of damage. This can include leaks, loose cables and wires, dents and cracks which do not affect the tractors performance however, if you notice open wires, be sure to repair them at once. Clean the tractor after work every day since dirt build-up can conceal major damages that can destroy your tractor.
Check Radiator Fluids
The level of radiator fluids is expected to decrease over time but if you notice a sudden drop in radiator fluids, it can indicate leaks. Moreover, you should refill the coolant tank every week. The owner’s manual contains the correct way of checking the radiator fluids and coolant tank, make sure to read it. Also, you should check oil levels in the tractor as well. They are necessary for lubricating and ensure smooth running of the tractor engine. Inspect the gearbox and brake reservoir for oil levels.
Maintaining Hydraulic and Tire Pressure
Hydraulic and tire pressure are especially significant for proper working of a tractor and should be done on a daily basis. If you keep neglecting the low tire pressure, it can increase tread wear and also consume more fuel. In the long run, it can totally destroy the tires and you’ll have to replace them which is a very expensive process. Tire maintenance should especially be done during summers and winters since temperature can increase or decrease the pressure, respectively.
Clean the Fuel Tank
Fuel tank is bound to collect dirt, debris, solid particles and other impurities during work. All of these, sink down to the bottom of the tank and gradually decrease the efficiency of the tractor. It is important that you clean the fuel tank over regular periods of time. Check the fuel tank for sediments during weekly maintenance schedule and clean it thoroughly after every month or two. Sucking up the debris with vacuum is ideally preferable.