Tractor TLC

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 21, 2018 11:05


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It’s harvest time.  Some of you have finished, others are still in the thick of things.  It may be tempting to simply park that combine and tractor once you’re finished so you can put your feet up and get some much needed rest, but your work is not quite done.   The service department for Heartland Tractor, a Case IH dealership in Nevada MO has 10 tips for getting your tractor ready so it can sit idle during the off-season and be ready to go next spring:

  • Wash it, Clean it up, Wax it.  Wax protects your tractor’s paint which protects the tractor’s fiberglass, preventing it from flaking and getting brittle.  Washing it may reveal other problems that you might not otherwise notice.  Be sure to grease the tractor appropriately after washing.
  • Fix what you know is broken.  You have all winter, and you’ll appreciate not having to think about repairs next spring.
  • Fill the fuel tank completely.  This will reduce the risk of condensation.  Algae can also grow in your tank if there is water present, and both algae and water can affect your tractor’s performance.
  • Study your operator’s manual.  Know and follow the guidelines regarding filter changes and other maintenance.
  • Break out the mouse repellent.  Moth balls, traps and bait are a lot cheaper than paying a technician to pull out a console and repair wiring.
  • Charge the battery to a full charge.  A dead battery will freeze.  And while you’re at it, clean the battery surface and terminals.
  • Pull monitors out of the cab and receivers off the roof.  Store them in a covered place protected from the weather.
  • Replace air filters.  Blowing out filters is not a good idea as you might blow a hole in the filter paper, allowing dirt to reach your secondary filter.  Once that’s clogged dirt will go right into the engine.
  • Check the air pressure in the tires.  If you notice a slow leak, you’ll have all winter to fix it.
  • Make sure the freeze point in the antifreeze is low enough.  This point will depend on where you live of course, but checking the antifreeze is a simple operation that can avoid problems later.


Having your tractor ready to go for the next planting season will give you peace of mind, and a much more satisfying hiatus from your farming operations.


-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store



Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 21, 2018 11:05
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