Equipment Winterising Tips for Optimum Winter Performance
As the temperature around us starts dipping, the machines in your equipment yard, shop, and other storage areas may suffer serious damage. In order to prevent long term damage, it is extremely important to carefully prepare and protect all your equipment that are likely to be exposed to cold climate. Please note that certain equipment parts must be stored at warmer temperatures all over the year. Therefore, storing them in a garage and shed may not be sufficient for ensuring optimum winter performance.
Equipment winterising refers to the process of preparing equipment for the winter season so that none of its components and systems is affected by the low ambient temperature. Preparing any equipment for winter requires routine inspections. If any flaws are found during these inspections, it is important to address those flaws by on-the-spot maintenance. Mentioned below are some routine steps to be performed immediately before and after each winter to keep each machine in good shape throughout the winter.
- Inspection of each lights and windshield wipers
- Inspection of the heater’s functionality
- Inspection of the machine’s fluid level
- Lubrication of all engine parts
- Inspection of the body of the machine for dents and wear
- Inspection of the brakes, glass, and mirrors
- Greasing all the hinges and joints
In addition to these routine inspections, there are several other things you can do in order to keep your machines running at their best during the harsh winter environment.
- Use of correct lubricants and hydraulic hose conditioning: Before the weather gets too cold, please ensure that you have installed the right transmission, hydraulic, engine, and final drive lubricants. Moreover, cold temperature may also result in cracking of the outer wrapper of hydraulic hoses. In order to condition them, you may apply arctic hydraulic oil specifically for the colder months of the year.
- Use of enclosed storage facilities: If your equipment is not being used, try your best to keep it out of the elements. This will ensure an easier start and minimum effort brushing off the accumulated snow. If your machine remains idle during the winter, detach all attachments and store them separately to protect the joints and hinges.
- Use block heaters: In cold weather, the temperature of the hydraulic fluid and engine can be increased by a block heater. This warm-up process can be accelerated by blocking the radiator.
- Keep batteries charged: To turn over a machine in colder climate, batteries need to generate twice as much amps compared to normal climate. Therefore, keep your battery fully charged. In sub-zero temperature, the battery must be stored indoors at room temperature.
- Proper storage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF): Prolonged exposure to low temperature may result in freezing of the DEF. Therefore, DEF must be stored in a well-insulated area.
These were just a few of many things you can do to ensure optimum performance of your machine during the cool winter days. If you have any other questions related to the maintenance or repair of your equipment, feel free to contact us as K and G Machinery.