Engines are designed to be used - keep yours in good condition while it’s not in use. For many of us, that means those moments where our machines will be parked for extended periods, such as a combine harvester being stored until harvest. When a machine is left unused, problems can start to develop that will prevent it from working properly when the time comes to start it up again.
Before you use your machine again, perform the following for optimal performance:
Condensation can collect in the engine and react with contaminants in used oil. It’s a good idea to start with fresh oil and filters if the engine has not been used for a while.
Connect batteries and start the engine. Allow to idle for 5-10 minutes to ensure adequate oil flow and lubrication to critical components.
Where a machine has wheels, check that tyres have sufficient tread depth and no defects. Ensure tyres are properly inflated. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption and can affect the braking performance of your machine.
If possible, ask someone to help you with this (for example checking that brake lights come on when you press the brakes). Alternatively, park in front of a reflective surface, such as a window, and you’ll be able to see the lights in your mirrors.
Just remember, if you need more information refer to your operation and maintenance manual or contact your Perkins distributor. They are experts on all Perkins engines and happy to answer any question you may have. Give them a call today if you have any concerns about your engine or machine’s readiness.