A Checklist to Keep Your Tractor Running Well

Routine tractor maintenance is the best way to keep your tractor out of the repair shop while ensuring it’s capable of handling your everyday needs. But do you know what that maintenance entails or when it should be performed? If not, keep reading.

This post will cover everything you need to know about tractor maintenance:

  • Tire pressure: Running a tractor with low tire pressure increases wear and tear and decreases fuel efficiency. Be sure to check your tire pressure before starting it up for the day, and add air if the tires are below the recommended levels.
  • Air filters: Your air filters can be the difference between a working engine and one that’s destroyed by contaminants like dirt, sand and even manure. These filters get dirty and should be changed every 500 hours. If you notice a loss in power or if your tractor is smoking, replace them sooner.
  • Fuel filters: Your fuel filters also go a long way in protecting your engine from dangerous contaminants by preventing debris from entering the fuel itself. We also recommend replacing these filters every 500 hours or so.
  • Hydraulic systems: Built-in hydraulic systems are essential for running front loaders and other equipment. Be sure to check the hydraulic lines every 200 hours, and change the hydraulic oil every 500 hours. You’ll also want to make a habit of periodically inspecting the hydraulic-oil level and topping it off if necessary.
  • Engine oil: Speaking of oil, you can’t forget about your engine oil. Prevent the need for tractor repairs by changing your oil and oil filter every 200 hours.
  • Coolant: Just like your motor oil, the engine coolant collects contaminants as time goes on. This debris causes great wear and tear on your coolant system and can result in premature breakdowns. Flush the coolant system, and fill it with new coolant every two years to eliminate the contaminants.
  • Belts: Pretty much every aspect of your tractor relies on a belt to keep it operating. These belts are built to last, but they will wear down over time due to high heat and friction. We advise checking your belts periodically for any signs of cracking or glazing. Replace them right away if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
  • Hoses: Coolant hoses and hydraulic lines are also hardy, but they are other components that will also eventually fail. Failing hoses and lines lead to leaks and subsequent repairs. Check the hoses periodically for any signs of damage, and replace them at least every two years.
  • Paint touch-ups: You may notice a few rust spots while you’re tuning up your tractor. Don’t ignore these! Rust only gets worse with time and can result in more than mere cosmetic issues. Touch up your paint as needed to prevent rust and corrosion.

Does your tractor need help?

Whether you need some professional maintenance performed or reliable tractor repairs, come to Bailey Heavy Equipment Repair, Inc. Our wide range of services ensures your tractor runs its best all year long. Call today to schedule your appointment.