Your Tractor Service Roadmap
The right tractor can help you get the most out of your property, but it can’t do it without a little extra assistance from the owner. Service, maintenance, and repairs are all required to ensure your machine is running at full strength. Fortunately, keeping up with a regular service schedule might be easier than you think. To maximize your performance, follow this helpful tractor service roadmap from Yanmar.
6 Tips for Regular Tractor Maintenance and Upkeep
For just about anything with an engine, regular maintenance is essential for its output and lifespan. This can be especially true for tractors, as they work long hours in difficult, dirty conditions. Though your tractor might use cutting-edge technology, much of the daily maintenance can be done in just a few minutes. Try these six upkeep tips to stop any issues before they start.
Perform a Visual Inspection
Every day before you start your tractor, take a minute or two to perform a quick visual inspection. This walkaround can alert you to obvious issues like fuel leaks, body damage, or loose fittings. By catching these small problems prior to putting your tractor in gear, you’re able to fix them before they lead to something serious.
Check Fluid Levels
On top of a visual inspection, always check your tractor’s fluid levels before getting to work. Some of the most important fluids to check include engine oil, transmission hydraulic oil, and coolant. If any of these dip too low, they can lead to severe damage to the engine, transmission, and other vital components.
Keep Intakes Clear
Working in dirty, dusty, muddy, or other difficult conditions means your intakes can get clogged in a matter of hours. If your engine isn’t getting the proper airflow, it will limit the output and cause unnecessary strain. At the start or end of each day, clear your intakes with a quick shot of compressed air. You may also want to wipe down any fan blades that help keep air moving.
Monitor Tire Pressure
Keeping your tires at the recommended pressure level affects both the performance of your tractor and the lifespan of the tires. Research shows tires underinflated by 10% below the recommended levels can reduce the tire life by 15%. Further, as little as a 20% over-inflation can reduce tractor performance by as much as 30%. With just a little extra attention to detail, you can easily mitigate these negative impacts.
Make Seasonal Adjustments
As the seasons change, it’s important to adjust your maintenance to accommodate the changes in weather. For example, those in cold-weather climates may need to winterize their tractor with a diesel fuel additive that prevents gelling in freezing temperatures. Similarly, those experiencing a heat wave will want to monitor belts and hoses for any cracks that could develop.
Have a Maintenance Kit Handy
When you’re in a pinch and need genuine replacement parts, it’s especially helpful to have a Yanmar Maintenance Kit handy. Available to purchase from your local dealer, these kits have essentials like oil filters, fuel filters, air filters, fuel separators, and engine oil so you can handle simple upkeep quickly and with confidence.
Tractor Service Schedule
Staying on top of regular tractor maintenance is fairly simple, but not everything can be done daily. It can be easy to lose track of when parts need to be changed or service requires the help of a professional. Luckily, you can follow this service schedule of key milestones, and always consult your Yanmar Quick Reference Guide or Owner’s Manual for more detail on your specific model.
Key Tractor Maintenance Milestones
- Engine Oil: Replace after the first 50 hours, then every 200 hours.
- Engine Oil Filter: Replace after the first 50 hours, then every 200 hours.
- Fuel/Water Separator: Drain every 50 hours, replace 100 hours or if necessary.
- Fuel Filter: Replace every 500 hours, or if necessary.
- External Air Introduction Filter: Clean every 100 hours, replace every 300 hours.
- Internal Air Introduction Filter: Clean every 200 hours, replace every 600 hours.
- Transmission Filter: Replace after the first 50 hours, then every 300 hours.
- Front Axle Gear Oil: Check every 50 hours, replace every 500 hours.
- Coolant: Replace every two years or 1,000 hours.
- Radiator Hoses, Air Intake Hoses, Hydraulic Hoses: Replace every two years.
- Power Steering Line, Fuel Lines: Replace every two years.
This schedule may vary by model. For a specific schedule of your Yanmar tractor model, please speak with your dealer or our Customer Engagement Team.
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Whenever you have questions about parts and service for your tractor, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Yanmar Customer Experience Team. We can help you with everything from maintenance advice to recommendations on which tractor is right for your land. For any needs big or small, connect with us today to get the expert answers you’re looking for.
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