Tips for winterizing construction equipment, trucks

With cold weather setting in, some different operating and maintenance practices may be required to keep your construction equipment and trucks running efficiently.

Papé Machinery, a dealer that represents manufacturers including John Deere, Gradall, Hitachi and Freightliner, has compiled a list of tips for winterizing equipment:

· Follow manufacturer’s recommended viscosity and lube specification guidelines.

· Use winter washer fluid solution with anti-freeze.

· Don’t let diesel engines run idle more than 10 minutes; shut the engine off to save fuel and extend the engine’s life.

· Fill the fuel tank at the end of each day to reduce condensation and water contamination in the tank.

· Use a winter fuel blend.

· Maintain a minimum fuel rating of 40 cetane. (A 50 cetane rating is preferred for temperatures of -4 degress to -20 degrees.)

· For machines equipped with auto-lube grease circuits, consult the auto-lube manufacturer for winterization tips.

· Keep RPMs low until the equipment warms up.
Use fully formulated pre-diluted antifreeze that meets manufactures specification.