If you own a tractor, then you know that they’re not cheap investments. As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall again, it’s a good time to start thinking about how best to protect your tractor during the winter months. If you don’t want to have to worry about purchasing a new tractor come springtime, then listen up: we’re going to explain how to winterize your tractor the right way.
Change the Oil
First, Make sure your tractor goes into storage with fresh oil. Used engine oil condenses in cold weather, and when that happens, corrosion is likely to ensue. When changing the oil, remember to drain all of the used oil out before filling the engine with fresh oil. This will ensure that that there won’t be any moisture left in the engine.
Change the Fuel & Add Fuel Stabilizer
If you’re storing your tractor inside, you should fill it with fresh gas and fuel stabilizer. This will protect the tank from corrosion, clogs, and condensation. Be sure to run the engine for a few minutes after you fill the tank with gas / stabilizer to allow the fuel to work its way through the engine.
Inflate The Tires
Many tractor owners make the mistake of elevating their tires on blocks. While this isn’t a terrible alternative, full inflation is better. Why? The cold winter air is sure to deflate the tires. If the tires are on blocks while this happens, it can put unnecessary stress on them, causing cracks as a result. When you fully inflate the tires on the other hand, you won’t have to worry about this at all. The best part? You can leave the tires attached to the tractor: all you have to do is inflate them.
Remove the Battery & Top Off Coolant
If you can, remove the battery and keep it in a dry, safe place. In addition, top off your tractor’s coolant levels. With fresh coolant, your tractor will be better equipped to withstand the coming cold.
Get The Right Shelter For Your Tractor
If indoor storage isn’t an option, then consider investing in a portable garage for your tractor. Shelters of America offers a variety of sturdy solutions that are sure to give your tractor reliable shelter during the cold winter months.