As you already know, tractors require regular maintenance to keep them working in proper condition. Keeping your tractor maintained can help extend the life of your machinery and save money on avoidable repairs. Aside from keeping your tractor clean and completing regular maintenance, it’s also important to keep an eye on the consumable parts of your tractor, such as the battery, so you can replace them before they cause a larger, more expensive problem.
It’s good practice to remove the battery at the end of the season if you plan on storing your tractor for an extended period of time. And, if you’re in colder climates, it’s best to remove the battery before the first freeze to prevent the battery from bursting. Follow these simple steps to ensure proper removal of your tractor’s battery:
Step 1: Check the owner’s manual to find where the battery is located. Some are found under the seat while others are under the hood.
Step 2: Remove the positive (red) cable from the battery.
Step 3: Remove the negative (black) cable from the battery terminal.
Step 4: Remove the battery hold-down straps. Some tractors use a rubber band-type hold-down strap similar to a bungee cord while others use a metal hold-down strap. Metal hold-down straps may require a ratchet and extension to remove.
Step 5: Remove the battery from the tray.
Once the battery is removed, take a few moments to ensure it will be in good condition when warm weather returns:
- Clean the casing and terminal posts
- Check the electrolyte level
- Place a trickle charger on the battery to bring it up to charge
- Put a light coating of petroleum jelly on the posts to prevent any lead reaction to the elements
- Store the battery off the ground or cement in a warm, dry place like on a shelf. A battery stored on the ground or cement will lose its charge in a few weeks.
With proper battery storage and maintenance, your tractor will be ready to get back out in the fields right when you need it.