PREPARE YOUR HEAVY EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HEAVY EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER
To ensure heavy equipment stays in peak operating condition and to minimize breakdowns, equipment managers must begin thinking about winterizing their fleet as soon as temperatures begin to drop.
Change Your Equipment's Lubricants
Before it gets too cold outside, install the correct engine, hydraulic, transmission and final drive lubricants for your exact machine. You cannot use the cheapest fluids available. Because cold weather can worsen fuel quality issues, spending less now could wind up costing you more down the road. Replacing your equipment's lubricant is a crucial step that will help maintain your heavy equipment parts through the winter.
Use Block Heaters
Block heater is often the simplest and fastest way to heat up your engine in cold weather. It efficiently raises engine temperatures to a level where the machinery can operate, so you can get the project moving on time. To help speed up the warm-up process, block the radiator to restrict cold air from the fan.
Charge the Battery
Although cold temperatures don't do serious damage to the battery's service life, they can induce a stress test. Freezing weather intensifies the effects of time, heat, and more. Make sure the battery is properly charged if you're going to use the equipment in the winter. If you are working in subzero temperatures, storing the battery indoors at room temperature could help when it’s not in use.
Run the Engine Until it Reaches Operating Temperature
Help prevent the intake and exhaust valves from sticking by running your engine before you begin each day’s work until it reaches operating temperature. Additionally, give your machine a nice stretch and cycle through all of the machine’s functions to distribute warmed oil until they all operate with ease.
Always fill the fuel tank at the end of a shift.
Avoid a frozen fuel tank (and a major headache) in the morning by filling up at the end of each day. Always keep the fuel storage tank clean of water, debris and sediment by draining the water from the water separator on a daily basis before refilling the tank.