• Tractor Tips
  • November 25, 2021
  • Mahindra USA

Tips for Using a Tractor During the Winter

Not every farmer wants to store their tractor away for the winter. However, the colder temperatures can create issues for farm equipment. The following tips will help you effectively use your tractor during the winter months.

Prevent Common Winter-Related Tractor Issues

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A little proactivity can help head off tractor problems before they start.

With the Oil

Cold temperatures make oil thicker and stiffer, which makes it harder for the tractor to start up.

One solution is to use an engine heater, which will keep the oil at a warmer temperature. Another approach is to use oil designed for winter usage.

With the Fuel

When the fuel sits too long, issues can creep up. Run your tractor every few days to prevent those problems.

With the Engine Compartment

Winter air is full of moisture. This moisture can get into tractor engine parts, which can cause shorts or failure to spark. Always inspect the engine compartment for moisture before starting up the engine.

With the Lights

Days get shorter in the winter, which makes proper lighting and visibility even more important. Look over your tractor’s bulbs and replace any that have burnt out.

With the Tires

As temperatures decrease, so does tire pressure. Check your tractor’s tire air pressure often. Compare this reading to the manufacturer’s recommendation and adjust as needed.

With the Tractor Implements

Your snow-related tractor implements have likely sat in storage for some time.

Before using them, be sure to:

  • Grease all the grease points.
  • Check the fluid in the gear boxes, then add or replace the fluid as needed.
  • Look for damage or leaks in the hydraulic hoses, then repair or replace as needed.
  • Check the owner’s manual for any other recommended maintenance tasks.

With the Tractor as a Whole

The last preventative maintenance step is to visit a tractor service department.

There are many benefits to having a professional inspect and service your tractor:

  • They can catch issues that the average owner misses.
  • They can handle complex tasks that even DIY pros cannot.
  • They have access to better tools and processes so they can efficiently get maintenance work done.
  • They can save you time and money in the long run.
    If you own a Mahindra® tractor, find your nearest dealer with a service department here.

Properly Start Your Tractor in Cold Weather

The cold weather can also make it harder to start your tractor.

Try these strategies to get your tractor up and running despite the cold:

Use the right parking strategies. Park in a heated garage whenever possible. If you must park your tractor outside, position it facing the morning sun.

Get an engine block heater.

When the tractor is not in use, remove the battery and store it somewhere warm.

If you’re not thrilled with your current tractor, now is a great time to make a change! The extra downtime in winter makes it easy to familiarize yourself with a new tractor so you can hit the ground running in spring. Check out the latest Mahindra tractor lineups and discover the best match for your needs and budget.


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