Milestone service checklist to properly maintain your TYM tractor
TYM tractors are finely built workhorses engineered to withstand heavy-duty work daily. But over time, wear and tear could slow down the performance of your machine. After reaching a certain number of work hours, doing engine maintenance, lubrication, and transmission maintenance could undoubtedly give your tractor a little boost in performance and help improve its lifespan in the long run.
Follow this milestone service checklist below to keep your heavy-duty machine running sharp, precise, and good as new.
- After completing 50 hours, you are required to replace your tractor’s engine oil and oil filter to keep your engine running smoothly.
- To replace your engine oil, park your tractor on a level surface and shut off the engine. Remove the sump plug and drain the oil. Refill the engine oil to the correct level on the dipstick, which should be approximately 2.7 L (0.71 gallons). Replace the sump plug and check for any leaks.
- To change the oil filter, use a wrench and turn the filter counterclockwise to remove it. Lightly smear the rubber seal on the new filter with oil before closing and tightening it.
- Inspect your battery, starting with the indicator. A green light in the indicator means your battery is in good condition. If the indicator is in black, then it means you need to replace your battery.
- Check the electrolyte level in each battery cell. Low electrolyte levels can cause premature battery failure and corrosion.
- Clean all dust and dirt off the battery to avoid moisture from building up and slowly discharging it over time.
- Inspect your fuel filter for any clogs or water contamination. If left unchecked, contaminants can damage your engine internally.
- To clean the fuel filter, close the fuel cock and remove the fuel filter. Wash it with clean diesel fuel. If necessary, replace it. Place it back once done before bleeding the fuel system.
- To bleed the fuel system, open the cock on the fuel injection pump. Fill the tank with fuel and turn the ignition on. Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes before closing the fuel injection pump cock.
- When your tractor has reached 150 hours of operation, it’s time to replace the engine oil again. Fresh and clean engine oil keeps your engine in top shape and helps extend its life span.
- Make sure to clean your tractor’s fuel filter at this point as well. Never use petrol, thinner, or any other flammable material to clean the fuel filter.
- At 200 hours of operation, do a full inspection of your battery. Clean and top up electrolytes, if necessary.
- Check your fuel filter and see if there is any contamination. Clean and make sure to change the fuel filter, if needed.
- Inspect your air filter for any mud, dirt, or debris. Use compressed air to blow out dirt from the backside of the unit. If the rubber ring is cut or looks deformed in any way, replace it with a new one. Put the clean or new rubber ring in its proper place and check for any leakage.
- Make sure to clean and properly maintain the air cleaning system. Any dirt, debris, or damage could lead to your tractor’s piston rings and sleeves early wearing.
- Check your radiator fins and screens for any dust or dirt and inspect your radiator fluid level. If the fluid level gets low, your tractor could easily overheat. Flush out the old radiator fluid and refill it with a fresh one to the level recommended in your tractor’s operator manual.
- Inspect the air cleaner. Check that the dust valve is not blocked and the rubber flaps are in good condition. If there are too many cuts and nicks on the rubber flaps, replace them with a new one.
- To remove the dust from the dust valve, squeeze it between your thumb and fingers. Wipe away the dust collected on the outside.
- To clean the air cleaner, release the two clips to the end cover and remove the component. Blow compressed air through it to remove dust. Check if there is any damage and, if necessary, replace it with a new one.
- Check all connections and hoses, especially on the clean side of the air cleaner, to ensure no dusty air can enter the engine.
- Upon reaching 250 hours, check your fuel filter and clean it with diesel fuel.
- Replace the engine and oil filter with a fresh one to ensure your engine runs smoothly.
- At 300 hours, check your tractor’s transmission oil level with the level gauge on the rear of the transmission. If the level is low, add oil through the filler hole.
- Change the oil in the front axle by draining the oil from the center and drain plugs in each drive. Replace and tighten all the drain plugs. Remove the Fill/Lever plugs from each final drive to vent air. Remove the dipstick from the filter hole and fill with front axle oil up to 3.2 L (0.85 US gal). Allow time for the oil to drain into the final drives.
- It takes a while for the oil to run into the final drives, so sometimes, the oil level on the dipstick reads too high. Opening the vent plugs helps to speed this up. Replace the Fill/Lever plugs on both final drives and tighten.
- Check the toe-in if it needs any adjustment. The correct toe-in should be between 2 to 6 mm (0.08 to 0.24 in). If the toe-in adjustment is incorrect, it can cause severe shaking of the steering wheel and the entire tractor. In such cases, we recommend having the adjustment made by your local dealer.
- Check the steering wheel joint if it has any excessive free play. The allowable range should be about 50 mm (1.97 in) of the wheel.
- Inspect the grease in the front wheel hub and top-up, if needed.
- Upon reaching 350 hours, make it a habit to check and clean your tractor’s fuel filter every 50 hours completed. Making sure your tractor is running with a fresh fuel filter helps improve your engine’s efficiency and enhances your tractor’s productivity.
- From 350 hours, change your engine oil every 100 hours completed. Make sure to drain the old engine oil completely to avoid contaminating the fresh and clean replacement oil.
- Check the oil filter for any clogs. It is highly recommended to change it at this point to ensure your engine runs smoothly.
- Replace the fuel filter and air cleaner with a new one.
- Clean and wash the radiator fins and screens.
This milestone service checklist ensures your TYM tractor will run as smoothly and efficiently as it did the day you brought it home from the dealership. You can also check our maintenance options page or consult your tractor’s operations manual for your easy reference.
If you need any tips on lifecycle management, repairs, or parts supply, your local TYM dealers are more than happy to share their expert advice. Feel free to get in touch with a dealer near you.