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I’m a great believer in taking care of equipment and this is due mostly to Daddy and partly to Dave. Dad always has his tools nicely oiled and put away while all vehicles are located year ’round, under shelter, out of the sun and weather. Many times, Dave told me, “Take better care of yourself; you’re the most important and expensive piece of equipment on this farm. While you may can be repaired, you cannot be replaced.” I still heed his wise advice.
This winter I am overjoyed that all vehicles are not only under shelter, most are behind locked doors. I’m a great believer in strong fences and gates with good locks. It’s not that I don’t perxactly trust people, I just like helping them make easier choices to go elsewhere to do their wicked deeds. I am also over the moon happy the tractor is now in the lower part of the barn where I can get it out to use no matter the weather. These past years, sigh, the tractor has been stored in the upper barn where it’s virtually impossible to move without extremely careful planning and either the snow drifts or ice builds up and the barn doors cannot be opened. Last year I was trapped on the farm for a couple of weeks due to a sudden, unexpected storm that kept me from getting to the tractor or a 4-wheel vehicle to drive out of the valley. Being trapped on the farm is no hardship but to walk to the barn I had to, literally, fall off the back porch into the huge snow drift…get up, walk two feet, fall again into the huge snow drift…get up…you get the idea. It would take me 30 or 40 minutes to get to the barn then do chores. Getting back to the house wasn’t as difficult due to the broken path I’d made going down.
Do any of you keep a calendar for chores? If you do, is it something you’d care to let me see? I need help, lotsa help…lol. A yearly calendar is one way to keep up with the work and make sure everything…oil changes, fluids topped, license, tags, insurance, etc., is taken care of in a timely and economical, manner. I am proud to say, winter vehicle prep is now finished and the vehicles are as ready as I can make them for cold, sleet, snow, ice, etc.
Two years ago I did a winter vehicle prep so this won’t cover those suggestions. Rather, these are new or updated suggestions…
Some claim fuel treatments don’t work but according to several mechanics I’ve spoken with, they swear by fuel treatments. They say it maximizes fuel efficiency and smooths rough idling and weak acceleration. I wouldn’t know about the weak acceleration because due to being extremely
cheap thrifty, I don’t do jackrabbit starts. Why burn gas money I don’t have to? There are many brands but Lucas is the brand my mechanics recommend so that’s what I buy in a gallon jug which is more economical and when poured into a smaller container is easier to pour into each gasoline powered vehicle.
As you can see, I buy everything in a gallon jug; might as well save money where I can. You’ve read where I recommend Rain-X on windscreens/shields but I also recommend Rain-X in the wash container as a supplemental aid. Let’s face it, driving is dangerous and I want to do everything possible to keep me and mine safe.
My mechanics suggest heavier weight oil for winter or for high mileage or older vehicles and I follow their advice. If you experience harsh winters, it’s a good suggestion but if you live in a milder winter climate, it’s all right to keep using your regular oil.
Most Important of All…keep antifreeze away from pets! For some reason, dogs and cats like to drink the stuff and it’s extremely poisonous…your beloved pets will DIE should they drink it. Make sure your antifreeze is rated for your winter temps; you can check your owner’s manual for their recommendation. I use antifreeze rated for my vehicles; for example, my farm truck gets a high mileage antifreeze while other vehicles get ‘regular’.Your mechanic may suggest draining and flushing antifreeze but I’ve spoken to others that say Do Not Do It! I never have; I only top and fill antifreeze and have never, thank God, experienced any difficulty.
My tractor is diesel so a diesel fuel supplement is used to help prevent gelling and to prevent the fuel filter from becoming plugged with ice or wax. If you drive a diesel vehicle, check your owner’s manual or do an i-search.
That’s it for winter vehicle prep; if you’ve questions, suggestions or do things differently, let me know. I love learning from other people!
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