Preparing a Tractor for Storage

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Tractor storage preparation such as blocking down the clutch pedal should be done before storing a tractor for extended periods of time. Learn how to prepare a tractor for storage in this free video. View Video Transcript

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John Ryan

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OK, now we want to talk a little bit about steps that you can take if you’re going to let your tractor sit for an extended period of time and not run it. There are a few things that you want to do to avoid problems when you come back in the spring for instance to run the tractor. One thing that you want to do to prevent your clutch from seizing is to block your clutch pedal down. This tractor has a little lever that allows us to do that. If your tractor doesn't have that feature. There are other ways you can do it with a piece of wood or something to hold that clutch pedal down. Another thing that you want to think about is your diesel fuel. Diesel fuel can hold moisture especially in winter months. Condensation can build up in the tank and that moisture in your fuel is not good for the fuel system. So you'll want to add a diesel fuel additive with C Tane boost something like Power Service is a brand that we typically use. That will prevent that moisture from building up in your fuel and keep your fuel system more healthy. You'll want to run the tractor after you add that fuel additive. Run it until the tractors warm get make sure you've got that treated fuel throughout the fuel system. Moving forward here the radiator is something that is particularly important and again before you run the tractor you'll want, you'll want to do this. You want to make sure that you have a proper mix of water and antifreeze in your tractor for the temperatures that you’re going to encounter. Antifreeze also has a rust inhibiting characteristic to it that's important when the tractors sitting. Lastly you want to put a charge on your battery and then disconnect the battery terminals after you've finished this whole process to avoid discharging the battery as it sits. Those are just some real basic steps that you can take to make sure that your tractors ready to go to work for you when you’re ready to put it to work.