Tractor Maintenance Checklist for Spring [video]

  • woman operating a tractor

When spring is fast approaching, it’s time for tractor maintenance.

Remember that good spring maintenance starts with good fall maintenance!


If your tractor has sat in a barn all winter (or out in the snow) it probably will need some basic maintenance before spring use. Here is a quick checklist to make sure your equipment is in working order.

As this is a basic checklist, you can also consult the owner’s manual for your tractor. It will indicate any other items specific to that piece of equipment that might need maintenance or attention. 



• Consult owner’s manual

• Update maintenance log

• Check the tires for cracks, wear, or dry rot. If needed, inflate to the correct PSI as marked on the tire. Replace any tires that are unsafe or in disrepair.

• If your tractor has loaded tires, check that they are still in balance and with enough liquid.

• Check oil and, if needed, change the oil and oil filter (if not changed in the fall).

• Inspect the air filter, use pressurized air* to clean filter of dust and debris. Inspect for rips, tears, or holes. Replace filter if it can’t be cleaned sufficiently or is damaged.

• Check in the engine area for rodent nests or damage. You can use pressurized air to clear any leaves, debris, or nests. Be sure to check fins on radiator.

• Grease all points on loader (if applicable). Check your tractor manual for other grease points. Be sure to use grease recommended in tractor manual.

• Check that the seat is in working order and hasn’t been damaged by rodents or weather. If applicable, check that the seatbelt is present and in working order.

• Check hydraulic fittings and hoses for fluid leaks, cracks, and abrasions in the lines.

• Check the fuel level.

• Check headlights and taillights. Ensure “slow moving vehicle” sign is attached and visible.

• Check coolant and hydraulic oil and fill to marked level (if needed).

• Test the battery and check for corrosion. Clean the top surface of the battery using a dry rag to clear grease, moisture, and debris. Top off cells with distilled water, if applicable.

• Check belts for cracks, dry rot, or tears. Replace if needed. Check tension, tighten if needed.

• If your tractor has a cab, check and clean air filters. Wash glass panels, fill washer fluid, and replace windshield wipers.

*When using pressurized air, be sure to use eye protection and a respirator.