to clean tractors, trucks and farm equipment as soon as possible.
Delay will make dirt and silt harder to remove and may cause
considerable rusting and corrosion. If you use farm vehicles
and equipment before proper reconditioning, you may seriously
your dealer or another expert recondition engines. They need
to be completely disassembled for cleaning and reconditioning.
Do not try to move or start an engine that has been submerged
until it has been cleaned and reconditioned, since dirt will
damage bearings and precision parts. If the tractor was submerged
only to the platform, you will need to service only the wheel
bearings and moving parts that were under water.
must use the tractor or engine immediately, or if you think
the cost of professional reconditioning is not worthwhile,
use the following procedure. This procedure isn't thorough
enough to prevent possible damage or need for overhaul in
exterior thoroughly with a hose. Scrub greasy deposits with
spark plugs or fuel injectors, air cleaner, intake manifold
and carburetor. Clean these parts thoroughly with solvent.
the crankcase. Flush the crankcase with oil and refill with
clean oil. Also disconnect fuel lines, blowing them out
with compressed air.
the engine slowly with spark plugs or fuel injectors removed
to force water out of cylinders. Squirt light lubricating
oil into each cylinder and let it stand for about five minutes.
Then crank the engine slowly to lubricate cylinder walls
all filters - engine, fuel, hydraulic.
flush out the fuel system - tank, pump, lines - with #1
diesel fuel. Be extremely careful to avoid fire danger.
starter and generator. Have an expert service them.
and flush the transmission and final drive with solvent.
Refill with new, clean oil.
and clean unsealed wheel and track bearings with solvent.
Lubricate and replace the bearings. Factory-sealed bearings
should not need cleaning if the seal is unbroken.
the cooling systems with fresh water, and clean the radiator
the battery, if necessary. If it was submerged, it will
probably need to be replaced.
the machine and turn it over by hand after you have cleaned
and replaced all parts. If it turns freely, it is probably
ready for operation. Turn on the engine and operate the
machine at low speed until you are sure all parts are working
there is a substantial amount of dirt in the crankcase,
transmission or gear train, change the oil and oil filter
after operating the machine for a few hours. Using fresh
lubricant is cheaper than paying for additional repairs.
inside door panels. Clean and lubricate latches and window
seats and floor mats. Brush and vacuum thoroughly. Clean
washable surfaces with soap and water. Use rug or upholstery
shampoo on non-washable areas. Dry thoroughly.
leaf springs. Clean or replace spring pads if necessary.
brakes and steering mechanism checked before you drive the
applicable steps above, and clean rest of machine as follows:
Soak chains in solvent for several hours, then remove
chains and allow solvent to drain out of them. Soak chains
for several hours in light oil, then drain off excess oil
and replace chains on machine.
and sprockets. Clean exposed gears and sprockets with
cleaning solvent. Coat gears with light oil.
cases. Inspect enclosed gear cases for water or grit.
Water may be present below the oil. If you find water or
grit, or if you are in doubt, drain the case, flush it with
solvent and refill with clean oil.
Examine all belts for tears or cracks. Repair or replace
them as necessary.
parts. Remove knives and cutter bars from mowers and
combines. Clean and dry them. Coat cutter parts with light
oil and reassemble. Inspect the insides of combines and
remove accumulated dirt, chaff, debris or water.
tools. Clean dirt and rust from surfaces of soil-working
tools such as mold boards, discs and cultivator shovels.
Coat these tools with rust preventive grease or used crankcase
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