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Be ready for the growing season before it starts with these 10 routine maintenance tasks.
1. Inspect the front axles and steering. Is it time to grease the bearings and steering components. Make sure nothing is loose.
2. Check the coolant system. Make sure the coolant levels are adequate. Ensure the radiator is not plugged up with debris.
3. Look at those belts. Check to see they have the right tension and that they are not cracked. This will prompt you to have a spare on hand.
4. The air filter is next. Make sure it is not clogged and robbing power from your engine by not allowing air to get through.
5. Check engine oil. You should check this daily, but if you haven’t, a good time to do it is during your weekly inspection. Also, check the fluid itself to ensure it doesn’t have any contaminants or water in it.
6. Pay attention to the battery. If your battery is not a maintenance-free battery, check the liquid levels. Examine the cables for corrosion and make sure they aren’t rubbing against the frame components.
7. Check clutch and brake linkages. With everyday use, you may not notice linkages getting out of adjustment. Specifically check for free play and other linkage adjustments.
8. Look at the hydraulic reservoir. Make sure the fluid is at the correct level and change the fluid when needed. The system provides fluids for remote cylinders, and it the critical lubricating force in your tractor’s transmission.
9. Test those tires and make sure they are properly inflated.
10. Check the back of the tractor. Is it clean? Make sure the hydraulic hose connections are clean to keep dirt out of the system.
These simple procedures can extend the life of your tractors and protect your critical investment.
For more information on equipment maintenance,contact the McCreary County CooperativeExtensionService.