Spring maintenance tips for your TYM tractor
Whether you’re seeing trees budding or you’re still knee-deep in snow, spring is here and it's time to get your TYM tractor ready for the busy season ahead. From hobbyist compact tractors to commercial-grade utility tractors, proper and regular maintenance is essential to ensure that your tractor runs smoothly and efficiently for many years to come. Spring is the perfect time to perform maintenance on your tractor and attachments. Ready to roll up your sleeves? Follow our quick list of spring maintenance tips to prime your tractor for one of the most important seasons of the year.
Conduct a visual inspection of your tractor
Basic tractor checks and maintenance should be routine every time you use your TYM tractor. After a season of hibernation, it’s even more important to do a thorough check of your tractor and all its moving parts. If you overlooked cleaning your tractor before storage, be sure to do so before starting maintenance or operation. Remove dirt, debris, and rust first to help identify any damage or issues that need to be addressed. Pay careful attention to essential parts like spark plugs and radiator screens to confirm that they are not damaged or dirty for optimal tractor performance.
Test the battery and run the engine on idle
A healthy battery is an important part of tractor performance, but cold winter temperatures can take a toll on your tractor’s battery’s life. Check the battery's charge, and if the battery is low, recharge or replace it before starting your tractor. If you’re taking your tractor out of storage, it’s important to let the engine run idle for about 30 minutes first. This will help lubricate the systems properly to maintain longevity of the engine.
Test the lights
Spring weather might mean longer days, but you may still need to rely on your tractor's lights in the early morning or evening hours. While your engine is running, make sure your indicators, work lights, and operator dashboard are working correctly. This will help you work safely on the field, especially in low light conditions.
Change the oil and fluids
One of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform on your TYM tractor is changing the oil. Over time, engine oil becomes contaminated with debris, condensation, and other environmental elements, causing damage to your engine. Changing the oil and flushing the radiator helps prevent engine damage. Additional checks and regular changing of your tractor’s transmission oil, hydraulic fluids, and gear oil in the front axle will ensure smooth operation for many years to come.
Check, clean, or replace the air filter
Another essential tractor maintenance task is checking and replacing the air filter if it’s dirty. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow to the engine, which can cause it to run poorly and reduce fuel efficiency. Clean, high-quality filters promote engine efficiency and lower running costs. See our step-by-step guide to replacing the air cleaner filter on the T25 here.
Check the tires, belts, and hoses for wear or damage
Tires can lose air pressure over time, which can affect your tractor's performance. Check the tire pressure and inflate as needed, even on new tractors. Also, inspect the tires for any signs of damage or excessive wear. Belts and hoses can also become cracked or damaged over time, which can cause them to fail. Inspect all belts and hoses on your TYM tractor and replace any with signs of wear or damage.
Grease the fittings
TYM tractors have many grease fittings that need to be lubricated regularly. Use a high-quality grease to lubricate all fittings to ensure they operate smoothly. Lubricating moving parts can help prevent wear and tear and extend the life of your tractor and its attachments. Check the TYM operator’s manual for recommended lubricants and where to apply them. For more information, see our guide for choosing and applying the right kind of lubrication for your tractor.
Regular routine checks are key to a lifetime of productivity
As a TYM tractor owner, you know how important it is to keep your equipment in good working condition. By following these spring maintenance tips for TYM tractors, you can help your tractor run smoothly and efficiently throughout the season, extend the life of your tractor, and avoid costly tractor repairs in the long run.
Your tractor’s operator’s manual details daily maintenance information specific to your tractor model, and our Maintenance Schedule and Daily Checklist is a great way to kick off the season for any tractor. The Parts & Support pages of our website has useful resources like the TYM Parts Kit Catalog, while the Service Series videos on the TYM YouTube channel is perfect for visual learners. Can’t find what you’re looking for in the manual or on our website? Consult your local TYM dealer for the support, parts, and kits you need to maintain your TYM tractor.