When you live or work on a farm, you rely on your tractor all year long, not just during the spring planting season. Sturdy and meticulously engineered and manufactured, a tractor’s engine may nonetheless malfunction after years of use. Understanding the tell-tale signs of engine failure will help limit repairs and expense. Here’s what you should know about preventing engine trouble by spotting problems early.
Recognizing When a Tractor Engine May Fail
1. Engine Won’t Turn Over
Do you hear clicks when you turn the key, but nothing else happens? If an engine fails to turn over, the battery may be the cause of the dysfunction. Check the battery’s cables for damage and corrosion of the terminals. If you think your battery is dead, take it to a tractor sales supplier for testing, service, and replacement.
2. Engine Starts, Then Stops
If an engine shuts off a few moments after it starts, there may be something in the fuel tank that shouldn’t be. Tractors run on diesel fuel. Gasoline in the tank could cause a problem because it ignites differently. Give the tank a sniff to verify you’re using the right fuel in your machine. The smell of diesel fuel and gasoline, although both pungent, is different. Diesel is also oilier in appearance and touch.
3. Engine Overheats
If your engine overheats, it’s likely an issue with the cooling system. Wait until the engine cools down, and check the radiator for coolant. Use a 50/50 blend of antifreeze and distilled water to replenish the resource. Avoid using tap water. The extra minerals in it may build up in the tank and harm the engine.