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Quick Tips for Winter Tractor Care

John Deere tractors are made for all conditions, including the Northern Colorado and Wyoming bone-chilling cold! However, there are a...

John Deere tractors are made for all conditions, including the Northern Colorado and Wyoming bone-chilling cold! However, there are a few extra steps to take to get the most out of your investment and extend the life of your machine when up against these temperatures. Whether your tractor is up and running this winter, or put away until spring, these are some tips to keep in your back pocket.

If you want additional information or help, call your local 4Rivers Equipment dealer!

1. Get Warm
Warm up your machine on low idle for at least five minutes before getting to work. Letting your machine warm up is a good practice in all seasons, but it is necessary in the winter to avoid wear and tear from cold fluids.

2. Fuel Fix
Drain your tank and fill it with winter-grade fuel. Summer-grade fuel contains paraffin wax which solidifies in freezing temperatures, forming waxy solids that cause fuel filters to clog up. It is always a good idea to have an emergency supply of fuel additives to use if your tractor gets gelled up.

3. Charge Up
Cold temperatures make your battery work overtime! Load-test your battery to ensure your machine is ready for the job. If you’re storing your machine for the winter, remove the batteries since colder temperatures can shorten its lifespan.

4. Routine Checks
Before you store your equipment for the winter, perform routine checks like inspecting tire pressure, fluids, hoses and belts. This should be done throughout the winter season as well. Be sure to check for water residue regularly throughout the winter to avoid buildup from condensation.

5. Top Your Tank
Condensation in the fuel tank is not your friend. Top off your tank after each use to avoid complications from gelled fuel. When visiting your 4Rivers Equipment store, ask what diesel fuel additive they recommend, and they will make sure you’re all set!

6. Park Smart
Try to keep your machine out of the elements to the best of your ability. Parking in a heated garage, in a shed or barn, or using an engine-block heater are some great options. If you must park outside, do so facing the morning sun.

7. Get Serviced
There is no better time than now to get your tractor serviced and take care of any necessary repairs. Our expert service specialists at 4Rivers Equipment will ensure your equipment is ready to roll for the rest of the winter season!