Regular maintenance can optimise the overall safety and performance of your John Deere Gator. Routine checks on brakes, tires, fuel, and signs of wear and tear are important to help your Gator last the distance.
Before putting your Gator to use, familiarise yourself with warnings, control use, safety settings, operator practices, and what’s going on under the hood. Here are a few maintenance tips to help get you started.
Start with the user manual
Before you fire up your John Deere Gator it is important to know exactly how your new machine operates. Safety is a major concern when operating powerful machines and there is a lot to know before starting up the engine. Your user manual is a great place to start if you’re unsure with how to operate a Gator.
Ensure your tires are in the best shape
A John Deere Gator drives over some rough terrain so it’s important that your tires are always in the best shape. You can determine their condition by ensuring the tire pressure isn’t too high or low, checking for bubbles and cracks, and making sure there is no rim damage.
Conduct a brake check
Brakes on a John Deere Gator are designed to stop quickly and safely in every type of terrain. To keep the brakes reliable, you’ll need to regularly test response time. If you notice that the brakes aren’t as quick to respond as they once were, check the brake pads and fluids. You can keep the brakes clean with a solvent that can be sprayed on and wiped off to protect against wear and damage.
Change your fluids
Oils and filters should be changed after 20 hours of use. When changing oil, make sure to wipe up any spills as it is highly flammable. Old or dirty oil prevents your engine from being properly lubricated or cooled, which can cause it to seize up.
Adjust the shocks
If you want your Gator to have the smoothest ride for your conditions, you’ll need to adjust the shocks. Before you begin adjusting, make sure you understand the safety information and safety signals in your operator’s manual. If you’re hauling heavy loads, both the front and rear shocks may need adjustments. If you’re out on the trails, you may want to adjust the shocks for a smoother ride.
- To begin adjusting, park the machine safely and block the tires that won’t be lifted off the ground.
- Raise the machine with a safe lifting device, such as a jack, then lower the machine onto jack stands or other stable support.
- You’ll then need the spanner wrench that is provided with your Gator to adjust the shocks.
- Using the wrench, engage the detent feature between the shock and the collar.
- Rotate the collar on the shock to your desired preload condition. A clockwise rotation makes for a softer ride. A counterclockwise rotation makes for a stiffer ride.
- To ensure your safety and an optimal ride, make sure that both the front preload collars are set to the same position and that both preload collars are set to the same position. You can do this by counting the clicks from one extreme to another.
Store your equipment correctly
You should store your Gator in an area that is protected from harsh weather and environmental conditions. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures can do some serious damage to any utility vehicle. Locking your Gator in a garage or trailer will protect it from rust, dents and theft.
For more information about John Deere Gator maintenance, contact the Service or Parts team at Agriquip Machinery.
To book a pre-season service, visit www.agriquipservice.me. Offer ends 1st November 2019.