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No Sizzle, Just Steak: Prep Your Agricultural Machinery for the Heat

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As the summer heat intensifies in the Southwest and other parts of the US, you might be faced with ensuring your agricultural machinery withstands high temperatures. It is absolutely crucial to perform heat preparation and summer maintenance on your agricultural machinery to optimize performance and prevent breakdowns.

Here at ASCO, we seek to be a blessing to those we serve and aim to fulfill this purpose every single day. In this blog, we will provide essential guidance for preparing your agricultural machinery to weather the scorching heat of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

By following these tips and implementing proactive measures, you can ensure your equipment operates smoothly throughout the season. Let’s delve into the details:


1. Check Your Cooling Systems

Cooling systems play a crucial role in maintaining operating temperatures. Follow these steps for proper cooling system performance:

  • Check coolant levels: Make sure that coolant is at the manufacturer-recommended levels. Ensure the coolant is clean and free of contaminants. Consider flushing and replacing the coolant if necessary. 
  • Inspect radiator and hoses: Examine the radiator for any signs of damage or corrosion. Check hoses for leaks, cracks, or loose connections. Repair or replace damaged components promptly to prevent overheating. 
  • Clean debris from the cooling system: Clear away any debris, dust, or leaves that may have accumulated on the radiator or cooling fins. This allows for better airflow and prevents obstructions.


2. While You’re At It, Check Lubrication

Proper lubrication is also critical for maintaining the efficiency and longevity of agricultural machinery, especially in high-temperature environments. Pay attention to the following:

  • Change fluids and lubricants: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to change engine oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, and other lubricants at recommended intervals. Use products specifically formulated for hot weather conditions. 
  • Grease moving parts: Apply grease to pivot points, bearings, and other moving components per the machinery’s lubrication schedule. Make sure all grease fittings are functional and adequately lubricated.


3. Keep Air Filters Clean

Another determining factor in optimizing your agricultural machinery’s performance is the quality of its air filter. Clean air filters protect and ventilate the engine. Make sure to do the following:

  • Inspect and clean (or replace) your air filters: Dust and debris can restrict airflow and cause engine damage to your agricultural machinery. Clean or replace your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 
  • Monitor pre-cleaner systems: If your machinery is equipped with pre-cleaner systems, make sure they are functioning correctly. Clean or replace pre-cleaner elements as needed to maintain proper airflow.


4. Keep Tire Pressure At Optimal Level

To maintain the stability, traction, and fuel efficiency of your agricultural machinery, you need to ensure appropriate tire pressure. Be sure to:

  • Check tire pressure regularly: Keep tires inflated to the recommended pressure levels specified by the manufacturer. Adjust your tire pressure according to load requirements and the operating environment. 
  • Inspect tires for wear and damage: Examine your tires regularly for signs of excessive wear, cuts, or punctures. Replace worn or damaged tires promptly to prevent any blowouts and accidents.


5. Be Wary Of The Wiring

The electrical system of agricultural machinery can be susceptible to heat-related issues. Without proper heat preparation and summer maintenance, high temperatures can drastically reduce the lifespan of your equipment. To ensure electrical system reliability, you can take these steps:

  • Inspect wiring and connectors: Check your equipment’s wiring and connectors for signs of wear, corrosion, or loose connections. Repair or replace damaged components as necessary. 
  • Clean battery terminals: Clean your machinery’s battery terminals and connections to prevent corrosion buildup. Ensure secure connections to maintain a reliable power supply.

We understand that proper heat preparation and summer maintenance of your agricultural machinery are not only essential for farmers and agricultural workers like you, but for everyone who stands to benefit from the hard work and dedication that goes into your farm. ASCO truly understands what’s on the line for you. By applying these tips, you’ll be able to better your equipment’s performance and provide superior service to your clientele. 


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