Helpful Winter Hints
My father just recently had a very difficult time keeping his skid steer running well in the cold weather. He made several trips to the local parts store and tried to diagnose the problems while speaking to the staff at the store. The employees gave their best advice, but there was no way to determine the problem without the machine being there and the technicians inspecting it.
This problem could have been avoided with 5 simple steps. Proper care of your machine is needed to keep it running at full capacity. It is never a good idea to wing it. Winter comes every year and proper preparation is one of the main keys to keep your machine functional.
KEEP YOUR BATTERY CHARGED
Cold weather is terrible for your battery. Keeping your batter charged will reduce the strain when you try and start your machine. Make sure your battery is strong before winter arrives.
KEEP YOUR MACHINE STORED
Kubotas are strong and durable machines. That is no reason to abuse that toughness, though. Keeping your machine stored in a dry garage or shed can add years to your machine. Make sure your machine is not getting frozen by the cold wind as well. Block the areas that can allow cold winter winds from harming your engine.
No machine runs well on cheap fuel. Your Kubota is no different. Use the factory recommended fuel for your machine. Off road diesel fuel is different from road diesel fuel. The price difference is not the only difference. Off road diesel has different sulfur content and is required for your diesel machine. During cold winters, a diesel fuel treatment is recommended.
LET THE ENGINE WARM UP
Just like any high performance machine, your Kubota needs to warm up before running at maximum capacity. Letting the engine run for a good 10 minutes allows the engine to heat up and the combustion chamber to reach optimal temperature. This also keeps the glow plugs warm up which helps ignite the diesel fuel.
YOUR MACHINE NEEDS BREAKS