During the winter months, it is important to maintain your tracked compact loader to ensure proper functioning and long service life. Here are some key aspects of winter maintenance:
Warm storage: when the loader is not in use, store it indoors in a dry, warm room to avoid exposure to cold and moisture. If indoor storage is not possible, consider covering the machine with a guard or awning.ANTIFREEZE: Make sure the engine coolant has the proper antifreeze added to it. This will prevent the cooling system from freezing and being damaged in cold conditions.
Lubrication: Check the lubrication system to ensure that oil and grease flow and lubricate properly even in cold temperatures. Use winterized lubricants in cold areas according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE: Cold weather can have a detrimental effect on battery performance, so the electrolyte level and cleanliness of the terminals need to be checked regularly. A heater or thermal pad can be used to keep the battery warm during downtime.
TIRE MAINTENANCE: Check the air pressure in your tires and keep them within the manufacturer's recommended range. During the winter months, when temperatures are cooler, the air pressure in your tires may drop. Also, make sure tires have adequate tread pattern to provide better traction and handling.
CLEANING: Clean the loader regularly, especially if it is used in an environment where corrosive substances such as snow, ice or salt are present. This will help prevent corrosion and damage and maintain the appearance of the machine.
INSPECTION BEFORE START-UP: Perform a thorough machine inspection, including fluid levels, lines, drive train, hydraulics, etc., before each use. Make sure all components are working properly and fix any problems promptly.
Antifreeze: For hydraulic and other fluids, use an antifreeze suitable for winter conditions to prevent solidification or thickening at low temperatures.
Please note that these are just some common winter maintenance recommendations and specific maintenance requirements may vary from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. Therefore, it is recommended to refer to the owner's manual of the tracked compact loader you are using or consult a professional technician for specific maintenance recommendations appropriate for your machine.