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Maintenance Tips for Farm Machinery

HE BEST TIME TO START the battle against next season's farm machinery breakdown blues is during the winter, avoiding costly downtime in the busy spring season.

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Here are two additional guidelines suggested by machinery specialists at International Harvester and J I Case. Exact procedures vary by make and model, so be sure to consult the operator's manual for specific instructions.


Since tractors are the most often used piece of equipment, they deserve a lot of attention in preparation for the spring season. Here are some important items to check:

  1. Ignition System. Start by replacing the spark plugs, distributor points, and condenser, unless they were replaced just before the end of last season's use. Whether you're using last year's parts or installing new ones, spark plug gap, distributor gap or dwell, and spark timing should be set to recommended values.

    Low-voltage and high-voltage wiring should be inspected for signs of insulation deterioration. The wires should be replaced if insulation on any or them shows signs of cracking or splitting.

  2. Fuel System. Adjust the carburetor of gasoline engines to recommended settings. Also, the sedoment bulb, fuel filter, or other device for removing contaminations from the incoming fuel supply should be serviced.

    On diesel engines, check the operator's manual for recommendations for servicing injectors. In some cases you can remove injectors yourself - by exercising care - and take them to your dealer for servicing. Be sure to cap the high pressure lines.

    Some manuals recommend that only the dealer remove injectors.

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