When the temperature drops, farms across the country must face the challenges that winter can bring. We’ve put together some of our top tips to keep your farm operations running smoothly into the winter months, the right way. Even when your equipment isn’t running, lubricants play an essential role in keeping it protected. That’s why, as part of your yearly winterizing routine, you’ll want to assess your equipment’s fluids. Use these four lubricant tasks to protect your rigs all the way to spring.
1. Get a used oil analysis
Throughout harvest, your rigs work overtime to meet the grueling demands of a farm’s busiest time of year. By the end of the season, all that wear and tear can take a toll on an engine, and seemingly small issues can lead to bigger problems come spring.
A used oil analysis is an easy way to catch early warning signs of major issues inside your engine. This is because oil is essential for your equipment, touching nearly every part inside the engine.
Used oil analysis works by detecting any trace elements present in a sample of used oil. Based on the elements that turn up, lab technicians can identify a number of issues that may be waiting to happen in specific areas of your engine. Fix these issues before putting equipment away, will set you up for success come Springtime. To get started, you can purchase a used oil analysis kit from us just call 0345 266 6055 or email CE.Lubes@certasenergy.co.uk.
2. Replace engine oil
You may also want to consider an oil change especially if the results of your analysis reveal any traces of wear. After you make any repairs recommended by your analysis, give your rigs some fresh, clean oil so you don’t leave acids and contaminants inside your engine for months.
Even if your used oil analysis comes back clean, you may still want to consider replacing your oil. Remember, the longer an oil has been used, the less effective it becomes at protecting against rust and corrosion.
If you’re getting close to your change interval, it’s best to replace oil now instead of waiting until spring. Just be sure to run the engine for at least 10 minutes before storing your rig to allow the oil to circulate. For protection all winter long, try a high-quality engine oil from Shell, Castrol or Valvoline, engineered for maximum lifespan and excellent protection against corrosive wear.
3. Top of tanks
Another lubricant tip for your equipment is to top off hydraulic tanks. To function properly, hydraulic systems need to breathe, but since they’re not airtight, they’re prone to letting in moisture as equipment sits all winter. Condensation inside a hydraulic system is bad news due to the harmful corrosion it may cause.
The best way to prevent condensation in your hydraulic system over the winter is to minimize the airspace inside. The less opportunity air has to get in, the lower the chance that moisture will collect. Check your hydraulic fluid level, and if it’s not full, go ahead and top off your tank. Be careful, though, not to overfill.
4. Remember protection is key
Finally, once you’ve taken care of your rigs’ other fluids, complete the job by greasing any moving parts. Even though they’ll be sitting still all winter, moving parts can still corrode.
Not only will a fresh coat of grease keep your equipment from rusting through the winter but it will also get it moving again easier come spring.
Extend the service life of your equipment being stored outside for long periods with Valvoline Tectyl products. Offering ultimate protection for metal surfaces against the damaging effects of moisture, chloride, salt, gravel and corrosion.
Don’t overlook winterizing your equipment and remember to take care of maintenance tasks that can fall through the cracks during busier times of year. Get in touch to order today!