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Overheating Massey Ferguson Tractor? Here’s What to Do

Sep 22nd 2014 at 5:27 AM



Plowing, tillage or any other farming work, it’s all part of a farmer’s job – even in a hot day when the vehicle’s heating as much as you are. In a day like this, you have plus 1 concern; overheating issue. What to do when the gauge shows higher temperature?

Overheating can be a big concern to you, more so when you are running on a fixed schedule. Maybe you are wondering how you will deal with such a situation. Well, read on.


Cooling System of Tractors

In a tractor, there is a radiator, a fan, lower and upper hoses, a water pump and a thermostat. There’s also the all-important liquid that flows through the engine to cool off the vehicle.

Old Vs New Tractors - Radiator

The first thing to do is stop the car by turning off the engine and check the radiator. Now if you’re driving an old tractor, remember that it will not have alarms like the newer vehicles do. Unlike newer tractors, you will have to stop the engine the old fashioned way.


To the Problem

1. Now back to the problem. After you have turned off the engine, make sure there is sufficient liquid in the radiator by looking in overflow container. Then check the blockage. If there is none, let the engine cool off. After cooling, check the radiator for liquid.

2. If there is a shortage of liquid, the reason of heating could either be damaged upper or lower hose. If this is the cause, replace them. Another thing to look here is clamps. Tighten or change them if they aren’t tightened already or if they are damaged.

3. If there is a fuel shortage, look for visible leaks. If there are no visible leaks but there is still a liquid shortage, then you might have a damaged cylinder head gasket which is burning the liquid.

4. A thermostat contains a bi-metallic disc, opening when it is dipped in hi-temperature fluid and closes when the fluid’s temperature lowers to a specified level. The job of thermostat is to allow overcooling which in your tractor’s case is better than overheating.

5. Now, check the thermostat by putting it in a water container and then bring the water to boil via heating it (you can use stove to heat the container).


6. When the water boils, thermostat will start opening. If it does not, you might have to change it.


Most of the times, you will be able to point out heating problems in your Massey Ferguson Tractor via the steps above. But if none of this helps in pointing out the cause, the problem might lie in water pump, or the cooling fans which aren’t discussed here.


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