In order to get the most out of your John Deere equipment, routine maintenance is essential. Tractor maintenance, in particular, can help you ensure that your machinery is operating in the best shape possible every time you gear up to tackle your to-do list. Whether you mostly use your tractor on the weekends or almost every day of the year, following the tractor maintenance guidelines in your Operator’s Manual is critical. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to keep everything in working order.
Read Your Operator’s Manual More Than Once
Reading your operator’s manual is a great way to ensure that you aren’t missing any tractor maintenance tips along the way.
Check the Engine Compartment
You never know when rodents, birds, or other varmints may set up house in your engine. Check for these little creatures before you get started.
Clean Your Radiator and All Its Screens
Specifically, you’ll want to clean the screens using compressed air. The radiator is essential for the tractor’s engine to dissipate heat, meaning you do not want it clogged.
Tighten the Lug Nuts
Always check and tighten your tractor’s wheel bolts, also known as lug nuts. You may be surprised at how loose they can become over time.
Do Not Mix Grease Formulations
When lubricating your machine’s grease points, do not mix formulations. This may result in unexpected chemical reactions, and mixtures may also fail to lubricate grease points appropriately.
Don’t Forget About the Winterizer
Before the temperature outside falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, use a winterizer/antigel in your tractor’s storage tank. Failing to do so may result in your fuel literally thickening into a gel. In turn, you will not be able to operate your tractor.
Refer to the OM for Additional Storage Tips
Whether you’re putting away your tractor for the weekend or the season, you’ll want to refer to your operator’s manual. This will have tips for how to safely store your tractor when it’s not in active use.
If you have any questions about how to store or maintain your Deere tractor, you can contact your local John Deere dealer.