Cold Weather Tips

 

The winter season can be a tough one, especially on your equipment. Here are a few of the things that we often run into and the solutions to help you get through winter with your equipment running at it's best.

 

My tractor will not start. Probably one of the most common things we get calls on when that first snowfall appears. This can be a few different things. 

  • Moisture has gotten into the fuel from condensation. The easiest way to prevent this is with a fuel treatment in the fall. It's cheap and you can get quite a few uses out of one bottle. There is a fuel treatment available if you determine there is moisture in the fuel. We stock both of these options starting in the fall.
  • Seat switches. We get this one more than you think. For those that have their tractors outside, snow can get packed under the seat and often short out the seat safety switch, preventing the tractor from starting. We recommend that folks take the time to brush off the snow under their seat to prevent this issue. Should the switch need to be replaced it is a simple fix. 
  • Battery. People are definately more aware of this one, but the cold weather is hard on batteries. If the snow falls and the last time you used your tractor was for that lawn project back in August, chances are the battery may need a little jump. What is NOT well known is jumping batteries on tractors with a DPF Unit. When doing so you must run the neagtive(-) to the frame. NOT the negative on the battery itself. Doing so will create a power surge through the battery and damage the ECU. This is not a cheap fix and something we really want folks to be aware of. Again this is for larger HP tractors, anything above 26HP. If you ever have more questions on this please refer to the manual or give us a shout and we would be happy to walk you through any questions you may have.
  • Neutral safety switch. Similar to seat switches, the HST drive petal can get packed with snow and ice under the platform. This prevents the pedal from returning back to neutral which will not allow your tractor to start. Often if you rock your foot back and forth on the HST drive pedal you can get clear some of that snow and ice. Otherwise keeping things clear of snow under the platform will prevent this issue.

These are just a few of the more common things we run across during the colder winter months. Winter can give customers unique issues beyond this, we are here to help resolve those. By all means give us a shout if you should run across an issue. 

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