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 09-10-2001, 06:39 Post: 31717
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I am new to compact tractor ownership and could use some advice.I have been thinking about how to "winterize" my 4100 HST and have some questions.I was told by the dealer that the best way to handle the fuel that is in the tractorwhen parking it for the winter is to put 1/2 kerosene and 1/2 diesel in the tank.Has anyone ever heard of doing this ? Also, if there is diesel left in the tank,should I put a little of the "biocide" to prevent diesel eating organisms from showing up ? I know this is done on diesel boats to prevent the bugs from appearing in your tank.If someone could answer my questions for me and add any additional winterizing advice, I would appreciate it. Thanks, Gavin






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 09-10-2001, 15:58 Post: 31737
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Gavin- I would fill the tank with fuel to minimize condensation, air up the tires, and charge the battery once a month. If an oil change is due, it would be better to do it now, rather than wait until spring. Regular use of a product such as JD Diesel Fuel Conditioner from the dealer or Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement from Wal Mart should keep the algae problem at bay. I don't think the machine will sit long enough to require the use of a biocide. If you do have a problem with algae, it will show up in the fuel filter in the form of a black, gooey substance. I'm assuming your tractor will be stored under cover- if not, I would do more. - Stan






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 09-11-2001, 06:38 Post: 31752
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Thanks for your input Stan - Gavin






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 09-11-2001, 07:21 Post: 31759
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Adding kerosene is one approach to preventing #2 diesel from gelling in cold weather. Many of the diesel fuel conditioners have an anti-gel ingredient along with injector pump lubricant etc.. The trouble with kerosene is that it is highly refined so people can burn it in lamps without making the whole house smell like diesel. As such it is overly expensive and actually not as good for an engine as less refined equivalents such as #1 diesel or stove oil. The way I do it is, in the fall I start buying #1 diesel from my heating oil dealer. By the time real cold weather comes, I'm using 100% #1. However, the cloud point of pure #1 diesel is about -25F. It gets colder than that here so I use #1 plus conditioner. Cloud-point is where wax crystals start forming in the fuel. At that temperature, the fuel may not gel, but the wax crystals will clog the fuel filter over time. An important point is that conditioners or #1 have to be added before the fuel gels--they are preventatives rather than cures. As far as gelled fuel ungelling when it gets warmer, I've heard it both ways. I don't know if it does or doesn't since I've never had gelled fuel. Other winterizing ideas are: Block heaters are very good. I use a 0W-30 engine oil recommended by my dealer. I use a multi-season hydraulic oil also recommended. Change the anti-freeze every two-years and use a diesel rated coolant. Give the tractor a real good warm-up before working it in the cold--diesels don't warm up much below idle speeds of 1500 rpm. It's as important to warm up the hydraulic oil as the engine. They also start easier if the hand throttle is set ½ - ¾ open—that acts as sort of a diesel choke.






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