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    Question Recommendation/Tips for Storage of Tractor during summer months!

    First let me explain my situation on how I will be using the Tractor. 95% of the time it will be used in the winter months with remaining time used in summer and fall. (Later on in its life it will be a 50/50 mix) Therefore most of its time during the summer months it will be stored in a insulated garage and winter time I will turn on the heat. I am wondering if there is any prep work that needs to be done to the engine/machine for long term storage.

    Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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    Top off the tank, and maybe a battery tender if you have a somewhat suspect battery, but otherwise, a month or so isnt really what Id call long term storage.
    If its going to sit through Spring, Summer and part of Fall, then you might want to make sure to have a tender, and add some type of fuel treatment, and maybe a light cover to keep the dust off, but mice like dark spaces, so if you have mice, skip the cover and take other action, such as traps.
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    What tractor model is it? The owner's manual should say what has to/should be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    What tractor model is it? The owner's manual should say what has to/should be done.
    1023E model and it will be sitting basically from May till November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    What tractor model is it? The owner's manual should say what has to/should be done.
    Most owner's manuals seem to go a little overboard when it comes to common sense storage procedures. Take the 1023E manual below for example, the author seemed to be unaware that the 1023E had a diesel engine. :-)

    Prepare Fuel and Engine for Storage

    Fuel:

    If you have been using stabilized fuel, add stabilized fuel to the tank until the tank is full.
    Filling the fuel tank reduces the amount of air in the fuel tank and helps reduce deterioration of fuel.
    If you are not using stabilized fuel:

    1. Park machine safely in a well-ventilated area.
    2. Leave as little fuel in the fuel tank as possible for the season.
      Turn on engine and allow to run until it runs out of fuel.
    3. Turn key to OFF position.
    4. Avoid damage! Stale fuel can produce varnish and plug injector components and affect engine performance.

      • Add fuel conditioner or stabilizer to fresh fuel before filling tank.


      Mix fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer in a separate container. Follow stabilizer instructions for mixing.
    5. Fill fuel tank with stabilized fuel.
    6. Run engine for a few minutes to allow fuel mixture to circulate through the fuel system.
    7. Turn key to OFF position.


    Engine:

    Use engine storage procedure when vehicle is not to be used for longer than 60 days.

    1. Change engine oil and filter while engine is warm.
    2. Service air filter if necessary.
    3. Clean debris from the air intake screen.
    4. Clean the engine and engine compartment.
    5. Remove the battery.
    6. Clean the battery and battery posts.
    7. Close fuel shutoff valve, if your machine is equipped.
    8. To avoid the battery freezing, store it in a cool, dry place.
    9. Recharge the stored battery every 90 days.
      Charge the battery.
    10. Store the vehicle in a dry, protected place. If vehicle is stored outside, put a waterproof cover over it.
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