I posted a thread about heat issues in the Mauser cab last winter and again winter is just around the corner and I’m looking for suggestions.
My tractor runs great in the summer and winter. However, it does not build enough heat at temperatures lower than 0DegreesF to really get the benefits you should with a Mauser cab.
The owners manual specifically cautions about blocking airflow to the radiator. In the northern states this has been a normal thing to do in cars in years gone by. Changing the thermostat to a higher temperature one for winter seems to be what John Deere expects you to do if you want more heat in the cab. Weather fronts were common on trucks years ago but no longer seem to be necessary. How did the trucking industry solve this problem?
Blocking the radiator in extreme cold doesn’t cause the engine to overheat in the hour or two needed to move snow. Moving snow is not like mowing grass. Mowing grass is done at high RPM while moving snow rarely requires high RPM under most conditions. Even at high RPM’s the ambient temperature of -20F still dissipates the heat well enough to barely move the temperature gauge off the bottom.
What can be damaged by partially or fully blocking the radiator if the engine is not overheating? Wouldn’t it actually be worse for a Diesel engine to NOT achieve normal operating temperature for an hour or two?