Yearly Maintenance and Fluid Changes

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    Yearly Maintenance and Fluid Changes

    I thought I would see what others do and think about yearly tractor maintenance. I very seldom put enough hours on my machines to change fluids on that schedule. So, that got me to the default of being on the yearly schedule. I tend to lean towards doing my maintenance in the fall. But, it got me to thinking that others may do it in the spring. I guess my thinking is the dirtiest time is the summer and I would like to clean and maintain the equipment in the fall giving me a refreshed machine for the winter and leading into spring. So, what say ya, Fall or Spring?
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    I voted Fall... I don't put enough hours on mine after a year's running so I don't go by the book when changing fluids either. I change my engine oil & filter fall to fall no matter the hours .... I change the hydraulic fluid when I feel the oil is starting to look cloudy/ opaque or it's hrs are up. The front axle lube I go by hours and the way the oil looks also. I check fluid levels all the time. I also use an engine oil additive that basically adds more of the same additives oil companies put into motor oil to (supposedly) make motor oil last longer and reduce friction.

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    Randy, might be interesting to see how many go "by the book", you might want to add that to the poll? On changing in the fall. That's the way I'd do it if it was going to sit for any length of time. It's a cardinal rule in the motorcycle business, at least it was in the shops I worked in and when I ran my own. Condensation is a by product of running an engine and it can cause rust, corrosion, etc on bearings, etc. Another by product is acid, and another catalyst to change if it's sitting for any length of time. Not so bad if you're running year round, which I do, but I'd definitly change it if it's sitting around. Which reminds me I have to get cracking on doing that to the Harley....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellwas View Post
    Randy, might be interesting to see how many go "by the book", you might want to add that to the poll?
    Hey George, Yup, going by the book. That is why I am was asking the question. Here is a copy of my manual. Unless I didn't understand your request. Though, until I just looked at it, I was under the impression the tranny fluids got changed yearly as well as the engine oil.

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    On changing in the fall. That's the way I'd do it if it was going to sit for any length of time. It's a cardinal rule in the motorcycle business, at least it was in the shops I worked in and when I ran my own. Condensation is a by product of running an engine and it can cause rust, corrosion, etc on bearings, etc. Another by product is acid, and another catalyst to change if it's sitting for any length of time. Not so bad if you're running year round, which I do, but I'd definitly change it if it's sitting around. Which reminds me I have to get cracking on doing that to the Harley....
    These are very good points and another reason I do a fall change. As the tractor can sit for a month or two in between use.
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    I your case, I would say fall. If you use it a little less in the winter, better to have clean oil in the pan.

    Ours gets done twice a year, spring and fall, but if I used it less, would be fall.

    I did not vote, because I do it twice a year.
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    One of the reasons i use an additive is because the one I use goes into the metal without changing the oil's viscosity, ... it's always protecting the engine's parts from moisture and cold start wear and tear. It only needs to be replaced on the third oil change. I can't before sure that is does what it claims to do but it's the best I can do for my equipment and vehicle motors.

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    Fall for me, # 1 My schedule is less hectic. #2 I don't like running dirty oil in a cold engine. Hydro I change when my brother ( D mech.) says to.

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    "Fall" in North Carolina means sometime in November or early December when all cutting and new seeding projects are done.

    By the book on oil. But with antifreeze, I'm on the fence about every 2 years (the book) or every 3 and do a test of the antifreeze. Seems like it gets far less dirty than oil, and it's just a question of are the additives OK.

    Also this year will try something new- used oil analysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eepete View Post
    Also this year will try something new- used oil analysis.

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    OK, at the risk of a novel, I will ask, what is prompting this analysis? Are you having problems? Let us know cost and convenience of this exercise.
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    Spring.

    Fall's a busy time - getting wood moved, doing the last driveway repairs, squeezing in the last projects that didn't fit in the summer, and generally getting ready for winter. Winter's busy with snowblowing. Spring has mud season when the tractor will sit idle for the longest time.
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