Farm Equipment Maintenance: Changing the Oil

Avoid the costly effects of not performing necessary maintenance regularly on your farm equipment with these tips on how to change your own oil.

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    Keeping up with your farm equipment's maintenance will save you time and money down the road.
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    “Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment,” Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen is a beginner’s guide to maintaining smooth-running equipment in order to maintain a successful farm.
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In Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment: How to Keep Tractors and Implements Running Well, Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen equip readers with their experienced guidance to sustaining smooth-running farm equipment that will last for years and save on costly services. With their clear-cut instructions and service tips, readers will learn to pinpoint problems before they get out of hand, as well as the tools and knowledge needed for basic repairs. The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, "Maintenance."

How to Change Oil

  1. Run the engine long enough to get it thoroughly warm, park it on level ground, and turn it off. On a small engine, disconnect the spark plug wire for safety.
  2. Put a bucket or basin under the oil drain plug (some engines may have a tube).
  3. Unscrew the plug, and drain the oil into the bucket.
  4. If there is a filter, remove it with an oil filter wrench, and replace it with a new one, first wiping the bottom of the new filter or its gasket (if it has one) lightly with oil to ensure a good seal. Snug the new filter down by hand, and give it an extra quarter turn with the wrench.
  5. Replace the drain plug; snug it down firmly, but don't overtighten.
  6. Add the specified amount and type of new oil at the oil cap or the dipstick tube.

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Excerpted from Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment, © by Ann Larkin Hansen and Steven Frederick Hansen. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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