Cold weather starting
Posted November 24, 2010 - 08:32 PM
Posted November 24, 2010 - 09:01 PM
I have never used starting fluid on the garden tractors so I am not much help on how well that would work for you. As to the magnetic heater is there enough flat surface of the side of the block to put one. If you put it on the bottom of the engine you would be putting it on the bottom of the frame of the tractor and not on the bottom of the oil pan/block. I don't think you would get a lot of heat transfer through the frame of the tractor and then into the engine itself.
Posted November 24, 2010 - 10:16 PM
Posted November 24, 2010 - 10:19 PM
Posted November 25, 2010 - 12:37 AM
Posted November 25, 2010 - 05:40 AM
Way back, when we wanted to try to start a smaller engine in the "Too damn cold" temperature range, we'd take a clamp-on trouble light & get it right up against the block if we could... the 2-10 degrees it raised things after an hour or so made a big difference.
I also have done the trouble light thing in the past,and it did seem to help a bit.
Posted November 25, 2010 - 05:49 AM
My diesel tractor trailers were another story.
I think as long as you have fresh gas, good tune and a fully charged battery you would be alright. I think a torpedo heater facing the tractors direction in the shed or garage would help and be the fastest way to warm it enough to start it.
Posted November 25, 2010 - 08:47 AM
Posted November 25, 2010 - 08:53 AM
Posted November 25, 2010 - 09:13 AM
Posted November 25, 2010 - 09:02 PM
Been told that running synthetic oil makes it easier to turn over cold.
IMO from first hand experience synthetic oil in air cooled engines,
start easier when cold
burn less oil when hot
oil stays cleaner longer
summer or winter
Posted November 28, 2010 - 01:34 PM
Posted December 16, 2010 - 03:07 AM
Posted December 16, 2010 - 03:09 PM
Advice from the Canadian prairies:
I use two battery blankets-one for the battery and one for the engine-and make sure that I have the biggest battery that will fit in the tractor. Use synthetic oil. Make sure that everything (spark plugs wires, choke, etc.) is working properly. If you've got a liquid-cooled engine, make sure your anti-freeze is good down to -40. Park it out of the wind so that the heat from your magnetic block heater/battery blanket/light bulb gets to where it should, and you don't end up with frost or snow built up under the hood.
Once it's running, let it warm up well. The charging system needs to recharge your battery and the hydraulic fluid needs to loosen up (especially with hydrostatic drive). When you start working, go slowly at first. Everything is likely be a little stiff and everything gets more brittle in the cold. Be gentle.
Posted December 16, 2010 - 04:36 PM
Edited by olcowhand, December 16, 2010 - 07:23 PM.
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