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Tractor Maintenance

by on May.09, 2018, under Ranch Maintenance

Last fall, I went to Tractor Supply and got some oil to change into the Ford tractor.  After making the trip up to the Ranch, I found that the tools I brought with me were not able to get a good enough bite on the oil drain plug to remove it.  I tried borrowing a different socket from our neighbor up the hill, but that one didn’t work, either.  So I ended up making a second trip a couple of weeks later, this time bringing my impact wrench and a good 6-sided socket.  That did the trick, and I was able to complete the work.

Here is the oil filter on the side of the tractor…

Oil Filter on the Ford 2000

I had bought a replacement cartridge from a Ford Tractor dealer (Bingham, in Mesa).  So I had to remove the outside case, replace the rubber gasket, and replace the cartridge inside.  It was a little tricky getting it back mounted without the gasket slipping out of place, but I eventually got it.  For the next time I change the oil, I have bought a kit that adapts the normal spin-on type filter to the tractor, so that should make it easier after that.

I didn’t bring an oil drain pan up for the work, so I improvised with a garbage sack and a bucket.  It worked.

Drain Pan improvisation

And here is the oil that I used…

Rotella Oil

I also topped off the hydraulic fluid on that trip.

This spring, I was up doing some other work, and discovered that the damn pack rats had eaten the insulation off my battery cable again!  If I had left the negative lead connected, it could have started a fire. I found this earlier, and had cleared out their nest and wrapped the bare spots with tape for a temporary fix, but they returned for a second try.  Not only this, but they also ate my entire upper radiator hose!  Time for some drastic measures, I think…

Rat Damage!

 

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1 comment for this entry:
  1. wb0who

    Darn Rats

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