If you have a tractor that you use for farming or for outdoor landscaping tasks, then you may want to start thinking about getting your tractor ready for the winter weather. There are a variety of tasks that you need to complete to make sure your tractor is ready to use when the spring comes around again or even a bit during the winter. Many of these tasks involve the fuel system, so keep reading to learn what they are.
Add A Winter Mix
As the weather becomes cold, your local diesel supplier will change over their diesel fuels to winter types so that plows and other snow removal equipment can run in the coldest temperatures. However, if you have not used your tractor since the late summer or the beginning of the fall season, then the tank may still be holding a summer mix of diesel.
You should exchange the summer fuel for the winter fuel, especially if you need to run your tractor for a day or two after the temperatures drop below freezing. Basically, you are changing from #2 diesel to #1 diesel. While the fuels are essentially the same, there are some slight differences between the two types. #2 diesel is more stable than the #1 fuel. This means that it provides a larger amount of energy when it is burned and this allows for greater fuel efficiency. However, the two different fuels have varying viscosity, with #1 remaining more fluid as the temperatures drop. The #2 variety, though, will start to thicken as it becomes cold and your tractor engine will not receive the energy it needs.
The #1 fuel will not be as efficient, but it will also not cause an issue during a cold start. You can purchase #1 diesel from your local fuel supplier or you can obtain a mix that contains #1 and #2 diesel fuel. This type of mix will allow for a reduced freezing or gel point without sacrificing economy. This is a good choice if you live in an area with milder winter weather. You can of course also mix the #1 fuel with the leftover #2 in the tank of your tractor if it is only partially full at the time that you start winterizing.
Change The Fuel Filter
The fuel filter on your tractor will remove debris from the fuel so it does not enter the engine. Not only are general contaminants filtered out, but rust is also removed that will flake off from the inside of the fuel tank. The filter removes dust that enters the tank during filling, moisture that condensates around the tank metal, and any other contaminant that happen to get into the tank for any other reason.
Not only can a dirty filter cause issues with the quality of fuel that moves to the engine, but it can create a situation where thicker and colder fuel cannot flow through the fuel lines during a cold spell. Essentially, the fuel becomes trapped by the contaminants in the fuel filter. Even if you do switch to a winter fuel, the old fuel stuck in the dirty filter will gel and cause issues.
Changing your fuel filter in the fall can help you to avoid problems. You should understand that filters do range in size depending on the type of tractor you own. This means that you will need to buy a specific filter for your tractor. Also, you may need to change a filter more often if it is smaller and contains less debris.
Once you get the new filter in place and also switch the fuel, run the engine for at least a few minutes. This will help to move the winter mix through the filter and the fuel system.
Contact a company like Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc. if you need help preparing your tractors.