How to Avoid Overheating a Tractor Engine

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Overheating a tractor engine is a fairly common problem. Learn how to avoid overheating a tractor engine in this free video on tractor operation. View Video Transcript

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John Ryan

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OK, now we're going to talk about overheating. It's a fairly common problem with tractors but it's really easy to avoid if you watch out for a few little things. First and foremost you want to make sure that your cooling system the radiator is clean and in good condition. You may need to take it to a radiator shop to do that but then before you run your tractor you want to check the coolant level. You can see that we've got coolant right up to the top here. You want to run an appropriate water and antifreeze mix for your climate and then you want to make sure that the front of the radiator is clean and free from any dust or grass. It's very common, especially when mowing to accumulate some grass and dust on the front of the radiator and the very slow speeds a tractor moves at that will really start a overheating situation quickly. You also want to just watch out for an overheating situation. On this tractor, we don't have a temperature gage but we have a temperature light here and so any time that light comes on you want to shut the tractor down and just look it over and make sure that you don't have a problem. Sometimes you'll get a light that comes on it's because the sensor has failed and your really not overheating. So always use your senses. Funny smells, look for steam coming off the tractor but most importantly make sure that your cooling system is in good working order and watch your temperature gage or light and shut it down. If you notice a problem so that you can address it before it becomes a big problem.