Look after your tractor - just five routine checks

 Operators of the new N Series need to make just five routine checks to keep their tractor in perfect running order. Tractor maintenance does not get any easier than this!

1) Coolant

Turn off the engine for a couple of minutes before checking the coolant level. The coolant should be checked when cool, as the surface of hot coolant is higher. Check also the freezing point, especially in autumn. Drain the system and change the coolant every other year. Never fill the system using just water. Check also that the breather hole is not blocked. The breather hole can be found beneath the upper puller on the left. If coolant is dripping from here, it could be a sign that the water pump gasket is leaking. Note, however, that on new tractors some fluid may drip from the breather hole until the gasket seals in place.

2) Engine oil

Park the tractor on a level surface and allow it to stand still for a couple of minutes before checking the oil level. The dipstick can be found on the left side of the engine. The oil level should be between the upper and lower marks. Add oil if necessary. At the same time check that no fluids are leaking from the engine, hydraulics or transmission.

3) Transmission oil

Checking the transmission fluid level is very simple thanks to the sight glass on the left side of the PTO. Let the tractor to stand for a couple of minutes before checking to allow the oil to settle. The filler pipe can be found by the top link’s attachment.

Five routine checks

 

4) Radiator

Clean the radiator using compressed air or hosing with water, but do not use a pressure washer. You can also use a soft brush carefully, but be careful not do damage the cells. Radiators open to the front and to the side, depending on the tractor’s equipment. If your tractor has air conditioning, remember to tighten the air conditioning radiator in place with two screws.

5) Hydraulic fluid

The hydraulic fluid level may also be checked easily using the inspection window next to the steps, so you can check every time you climb into or out of the cab. Before checking, lift the front linkage and lower the front loader and rear linkage to allow the oil to return to the tank. Fluid can be added using the filler pipe at the rear of the tractor. In case of emergency fluid can also be added through the filler pipe beneath the steps, but take extra care to avoid getting impurities in the fluid. Also, check and if necessary empty the overflow tank for the quick couplings.