Routine Tractor Service

Hey, this is Mike with
The time here is coming up when I’m gonna be using my tractor a lot and I always like
to do a routine service just prior to the use season and that’s what we’re
going to talk about today. Right now I’m gonna do an oil and filter change. I got
the tractor running to get the oil warmed up so I can drain it and get all
of it out of there and we’re gonna let her run for just a few minutes and then
we’re going to get started on the project. The first thing I’m going to do
today before I do anything is take a leaf blower and blow all the debris away
from the engine area where I’m going to be working and the reason I’m doing that
when I was a kid I was working on a Ford Torino and we worked, me and a buddy, all summer long trying to get the thing run right and we finally found a fescue seed in
the carburetor so I’m kinda paranoid about little bits of debris that can get
in the critical areas of the engine and cause it not to run right so we’re
going to blow all the debris away. The next thing I’m gonna do is remove the key because I’m gonna take the oil out of the tractor and I sure don’t want
anybody to start it up and I’m gonna put a piece of duct tape over the keyhole. Alright now we’re going to drain the
oil and on this particular tractor the four-wheel drive drive shaft runs
through the oil pan which necessitated two drain plugs, so we’ve gotta find both
of those, and open it up let the oil drain out. Now while the oil is draining and
I’m gonna let it drain a long time because I want all of that old oil I can get
out of there out I’m gonna change the oil filter. A couple of things here, two
pieces of advice…I’m gonna write today’s date on the oil filter and I’m gonna do
that with either a Sharpie or a paint pencil and then I’m going to lubricate the
gasket at the at the bottom of the oil filter with the old oil and I was taught to do that.
I don’t know if helps, but I always do it. Next thing we’re going to do is
check the air cleaner and it was pretty bad so we’re gonna replace it and in this particular
design there’s an inner and an outer air filter. Next thing I’m gonna do is grease,
grease, grease, everywhere I can find a grease zerk and there are actually I’m going to use the owners manual as a guide , there are 21 grease fittings on this tractor plus
those on the loader so there’s a lot of places you can miss if you’re not
careful and they definitely need grease. Grease is the lifeblood of farm equipment
the more you can grease that the longer it will last, be diligent about applying grease.
Right we’re getting close to the end we’re going to lubricate the gaskets on
the plugs with oil and put the plug back in on both sides Now, with oil back in the engine and it started up we’ll check the oil and it is good. One thing I didn’t do in this video is change the fuel filter and check the tire pressure and
check the tightness of the lug bolts on the tires and I’m going to do a separate video on both of those projects. Hey, I survive on web traffic I appreciate you watching
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17 comments on “Routine Tractor Service”

  1. Nicholls & Sense says:

    Something so important that is so often overlooked is maintenance. It makes me nervous buying a used tractor.

  2. 45von says:

    Why would you use dirty oil to lube the gasket surfaces? after all you do/will have fresh clean oil ready at hand when you are doing this….
    also were you checking the engine oil level with the engine running?
    Some grease fittings can be "over" greased. there are some captive areas that do not have a vent port for excess grease, or bearings that can damage seals with too enthusiastic greasing….
    As always I enjoy your videos, there are a Lot of 'new to tractor folks' out there that will benefit from even the most basic maintenance knowledge….

  3. patriots1needed says:

    Well done as always.

  4. Alex Kroeze says:

    Do you personally feel that the particular brand of oil is important for a tractor engine? My dealer (Kioti tractor) said he uses nothing be Shell Rotella oil on his service calls, but I'm wondering if you think it is really worth the premium for something like that vs. a more generic brand that still meets the manufacturer specs?

  5. Drew6709 says:

    it's a good idea to write the hours on the filter when the oil change was done. And use NEW OIL on the filter, plug, and better idea to "prime" your filter with new oil before reinstalling.

  6. North Dakota 322 says:


    Twisted arm until 6 and then turn it 1/2 to 3/4 turn if you strip the threads on the engine block you can say goodbye to your engine she is done for

    and always use clean oil to lube the seals on the filter/plugs then you dont get contaminits in your fresh oil

  7. Robert .Meadows says:

    Where do you dispose of the old oil and how do you tell if your air filters are no good?

  8. Marcopolo Costa says:

    I'm a Kioti Farm Tractor salesman and I can attest to Tractor Mike's reliable non-bias or brand specific instructional videos as being a quality source of information to those who own, service or are in the market for a tractor!

  9. Ji Fi-01 says:

    I've always used a bit of the new oil to run around the rubber gasket for the oil filter before installing it onto the engine. The general or more popular consensus believes this is done to aid the gasket during installation so that it doesn't bunch, stick, or tear and that seems logical to me. Old vs. new oil for the gasket? I think thats just an old tale, but I would go with the new just for the fact of not bringing some crud back to the sealing surface.
    As they say, your mileage may vary; Always buckle up!

  10. superpac1966 says:

    I did the same service on the Kubota just last week. First time, and all went great.

  11. bud moore says:

    great tips

  12. awd3264 says:

    Writing engine hours on the oil filter is much better than a date that doesn't tell you how used up the oil is. Hours is more accurate. My brother and nephew both write hours on the filters. They are farmers and run agricultural tractors. They oldest and smallest is an Allis D17.

  13. Sidney Mathious says:

    When greasing the tractor, it is best to have both a rigid, and flexible grease line to go on the gun. I found that the flexible line is used most. My tractor is so hungry for grease, and so is the other attachments I use with it. The fuel filter on my tractor is replaced each season, and also the filters due to so much dust in our area of the country. John Deere has made it so easy to change equipment recently, and I am glad of that. The other companies should be doing the same thing on their equipment as well.

  14. Danny Calk says:

    Mike I am thinking of buying a new tractor, and I've gone from dealership to dealership and viewed all the different tractor packages available. I feel one can have all the attachments he needs but if he doesn't have a good tractor what good are the attachments?? So I was wondering if you might could steer me in the direction of a really trust worthy brand of tractor. I am currently looking at a LS tractor it has a 3 cyl. diesel and seems to be a quality built tractor. Do you have any information on the LS brand of tractors. They are made in South Korea and when compared with all the others I have seen they seem to be in the same ball park. I looked at a John Deere one of the small ones, and the salesman told me that the diesel engine on it was I believe he said Korean, but I'm not really sure on that. Would like to have at least a 30 hp. I always thought that the John Deere was 100% American Made. Oh, well it doesn't matter about that. I have a Yamaha motorcycle, and it is a very dependable bike, I have passed a lot of Harleys on the side of the road waiting for someone to come an help them out. But I love Harleys too. Just saying. Can't make up my mind in Texas.

  15. USNERDOC says:

    Great advice Mike! I always keep a box of black disposable nitrile gloves near by. Makes cleaning hands afterwards a snap.

  16. shohokuslamdunk says:

    Hi Mike, when the time comes for you to do a comprehensive service, could you do a tutorial video of a 300hr service for a compact tractor like this? things like change the transmission fluid, axle fluid, hydraulic fluid, and fuel filter. Thank you and keep up the great work, i learn a lot watching your videos.

  17. Shawn Welcomer says:

    Have a question I have a tc35 it's a 2003 do they self bleed for the fuel or do I need to manually bleed it I was working on a hilly driveway facing uphill tractor starved for fuel and shut off I opened bleeder seen a few air bubbles then started up and ran fine.we changed all filters last fall nothing leaks has me baffled not sure if there was an air pocket in filter that came out when it was on the hill or if fuel is gravity fed to the filter tractor had a full tank of fuel and has 326 hours on it any advice would be helpful thank you

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