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Tips for Getting Your Tractor to Start in Cold Weather

According to the University of Tennessee, an engine is about five times harder to start at 0 degrees F than 80 degrees F. If you are planning on using your tractor in colder temperatures, there are several steps you can take to ensure your tractor starts easily when you need it.

1. Park Inside
One of the most important and simple steps is properly storing your tractor when not in use. Park your tractor in a garage or shed to help keep wind and cold temperature away from the engine. Plus, if your tractor does require extra work to start, it’s more comfortable to work in a covered area.

2. Charged Battery
A battery’s ability to provide full cranking power degrades as the temperature drops. If your battery was not 100% charged or is in poor condition to begin with, the cold will only make that problem more apparent. Not only is a fully charged battery more likely to survive the winter but a battery that is at 32 degrees will have only ¾ of the starting power of a battery at 80 degrees. It is also important that all connections and cables are clean and tightened properly. Never crank the starter more than 30 seconds. Wait at least two minutes between extended starting attempts in order to give the battery cables and starter time to cool. A battery pad heater can help to maintain cranking power in cold weather.

3. Engine Block Heaters
Block heaters can be screwed directly into the engine block, clamped in line to a radiator hose or magnetically applied to the engine. Having warm oil means the engine and starter do not have to fight against thick cold oil during cranking. At All States Ag Parts we stock a variety of engine heaters.

4. Glow Plug Preheat
The glow plugs in your tractor serve to preheat the combustion chamber so that the diesel fuel will ignite and kick off combustion. After the engine is turning the compression of the engine spontaneously causes the fuel to combust and the glow plugs are no longer heated – they are just used to start this process. In cold weather, we recommend preheating your glow plugs in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. Many tractors are equipped with a preheat indicator that will light up when the glow plugs are heated.

5. Tank Heaters
Keep fuel at an optimal performance temperature by utilizing tank heaters. Tank heaters directly heat the fuel tank & liquids inside to prevent gelling and freezing. Keep your fuel tank full with the best diesel blend for the winter to prevent condensation from freezing in the fuel tank and clogged fuel lines.

6. Idling
Once you start your engine in cold weather, let it idle for 10 to 15 minutes before beginning work and putting your tractor under load. Taking those few extra minutes ensures the engine parts are effectively warmed and lubricated so the engine will run at full capacity.

7. Oil
It is also advisable to switch to a lighter motor oil in the winter. A lighter oil will have less resistance and allow the engine to spin over faster during startup. Read you owners manual for suggestions on cold weather oil.

All States Ag Parts is a leading supplier of used, new and rebuilt parts for tractors, combines and ag equipment. We stock a complete inventory of parts for all makes and models of tractors and combines including late model tractors, late model combines and antique tractors. We also carry parts for planters, drills, swathers, haybines, feed mixers, balers, tillage parts, forage harvesters. In addition, we have one location that carries parts for crawlers, excavators, loader backhoes, skid steers, tree skidders, wheel loaders and more.

Our web site and catalog contain only a partial listing of the new and rebuilt parts we stock. Our inventory of used tractor parts and used combine parts changes daily. Please call us toll free at 1-866-609-1260 if you can't find the part you are looking for. With our extensive inventory of salvage parts at our 7 salvage yards, we will most likely have the part you need.

We carry antique and late model tractors, combines and ag equipment.

Here's a partial list of the tractor makes we carry:
Allis Chalmers tractor parts
Case tractor parts
Case-IH tractor parts
David Brown tractor parts
Duetz-Allis
Farmall tractor parts
Ford tractor parts
International tractor parts
John Deere tractor parts
Kubota tractor parts
Leyland tractor parts
Massey Ferguson tractor parts
Minneapolis Moline tractor parts
Oliver tractor parts
Same tractor parts
Steiger tractor parts
Versatile tractor parts
White tractor parts

Here's a partial list of the combine makes we carry:
Case-IH combine parts
Gleaner combine parts
John Deere combine parts
Massey Ferguson combine parts
New Holland combine parts

Here's a partial list of the brands we carry in other ag equipment:
Gehl, Hesston, International Harvester, John Deere, Mac-Don, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, New Idea, Owattonna, Versatile, Badger, Fox, Hesston, Vermeerer, DMI, Kuerneland, Oliver, White, Wil-Rich, Kinze, Allis Chalmers and more.

Here's a partial list of the types of tractor parts we carry:
Alternators, Battery Boxes, Carburetors, Carb Kits, Clutches, Clutch Kits, Crankshafts, Cylinder Heads, Decal Sets, Engines, Engine Parts, Fan Blades, Flyerwheel Ring Gears, Gauges, Generators, Hubs, Hub Parts, Hydraulic Pumps, Manifolds, Manifold Gaskets, Mufflers, Engine Overhaul Kits, Paint, Power Steering Pumps, Pressure Plates, Radiators, Seats, Seat Cushions, Sheet Metal, Shop Manuals, Spindles, Repair Manuals, Starters, Steering Arms, Steering Wheels, Tie Rods, Turbo Chargers, Tune Up Kits, Governors, Water Pumps, Wheel Bearings, Top Links, Quad Range Packs, Power Shift Packs and more.

Here's a partial list of the types of combine parts we carry:Sieves, concaves, final drives, wobble drive gear boxes, unloading auger gear boxes, unloading auger swing cylinders, feeder chain, chaffer handles, augers, auger tubes, beaters, belts, chaff spreaders, cleaning fan sprockets, cylinder bars, damper plates, elevator chain sprockets, feederhouse parts, hydraulic pumps, hydro output shafts, input drive shafts, long finger top chaffers, mainshafts, raddle chains and parts, rear engine PTO shafts, reel conversion kits, rigid air foil chaffers, rotor cage channels, rotor cages, rotor output shafts, separator parts, snapper roller shafts, spindles, straw chopper blades, straw walker parts, thresher parts, unloading auger collar, variable speed thresher countershafts, wheel brake discs and more.