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 10-28-2002, 16:37 Post: 44325
drgavin
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 winterizing

My l3010 kubota which i named "Honey" cause it's just that,
needs winterizing.Minn. is a bitch for winters so I need some advice on this.
I'll be using it all winter so it won't just sit.Yes,"Honey"
does have a block heater,anything else?






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 10-28-2002, 21:52 Post: 44338
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Looks like you got it covered assuming you have a big battery all charged up ready to go. If it is possible in your area to get, a blending of #1 fuel oil into your #2 Diesel fuel works wonders. I know guys..... winter diesel fuel is supposed to be winterized already, but I like doing it myself to make sure it's done and done right. 10% to 15% blending of #1 into #2 diesel works for me.






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 10-28-2002, 22:41 Post: 44339
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I have just switched over to "winter fuel". Around here the pumps will have a sticker on them saying they have switched over. I siphon out the summer mix and use the winter mix. It makes a huge difference on start-up. Also change your fuel filter and clean your filter bowl. You don't want the water in there freezing.






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 10-29-2002, 04:34 Post: 44343
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Check what oil you have in the crank case. If you have a summer weight (15W-40) you need to change to a winter weight (10W-30 or 5W-40). You might want to consider the Shell Rotella Synthetic that Wally World (Sam Wall's)was selling at $12 a gallon.
Check your antifreeze as the factory level may not be to Minn. Standards.






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 10-29-2002, 06:20 Post: 44353
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I use multi-grade hydraulic fluid. Even so on very cold days if I haven't worked the loader in 20-minutes or so, float lowers the bucket in slow motion because warm oil from the TX cools off in the cylinders.

Lots of people recommend changing coolant every two years for diesels. I just did that as well as tightening hoses, belts etc. I also started adding #1 diesel to my tank and storage containers. I buy #1 from now till March and end up running virtually 100% #1 by January. I also use additive but as much for the injector pump lubricant as for the anti-gel. I'll remember to check the tire pressures the first really cold day and probably take them down to minimum pressures for better traction on ice.

I do have a battery blanket and magnetic heaters but seldom use them. I tend to use a 1A charger on the battery. I installed a AC type receptacle box and twist-lock plug underneath my canopy to plug in a warning flasher. It was easier changing the cigarette lighter end of the flasher to a twist lock plug (which I had) than installing a cigarette lighter on the tractor. So, I continued with the idea by putting a male twist lock plug on the end on a 1A charger and just plug it into the box on the canopy. Sure is convenient and does keep the battery up even if I'm not sure it would be an approved practice that I'm not recommending anyway. Putting a male plug on a feed end of 110V is dangerous since voltage would be present on the exposed contacts.






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 10-29-2002, 06:55 Post: 44355
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Tom's remarks about the battery are right on as far as the most important part of being able to start a cold engine. If the battery is kept warm it will be at 100% where if you left it at 30 degree's it is only at 50% of it's ability. At 0 degree's you only have about 30% ofwhat it coould be. By keeping the battery up it might enable Kubota users to use the manual shut-off to crank the engine over 3 or 4 times to start the oil from the pump up to the top of the engine before it starts which will help it's life. If you have modified the tractor and have added switches which are in a vertical position be sure to put something over those switches as they willl get water in them and freeze. we make sure when mounting these they are not on the top but facing down to keep the water out.






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