13 Tractor Safety Guidelines Check tire condition Other things to check include: • SMV emblem • operators platform/steps • seat belt condition • fire extinguisher • lighting/flashers • visibility from operator’s seat • Know the location of lubrication points (i.e. grease fittings or grease zerks). Look for grease fittings on steering components, brake and clutch linkages, and three-point hitch pivot points. • Grease the fittings regularly. Clean the fitting, attach the grease hose, and pump grease until the seal begins to expand or grease is seen oozing out of the attachment you are lubricating. Do not over lubricate! Tire and Wheel Condition Check for: • Low tire pressure and leakage from the valve stem. • Loose bolts or lug nuts on wheels. • The tread and overall condition. Batteries • Check for corroded battery terminals. • Check battery fluid levels. If the battery has access caps, open to ensure that the fluid is covering the battery cells. Warning: the battery contains acid, wear appropriate gloves and eye protection. • A sealed, maintenance-free battery does not require fluid level checks. Belts and Hoses • Check the fan drive belt for wear and tension. • Check for oil and hydraulic leaks on the ground. • Use caution when performing maintenance on hydraulic and pneumatic systems. If there is any indication of damage to these lines they require immediate replacement. Ensure that the systems are cool and residual pressure is relieved before loosening any fittings or removing lines. Use appropriate PPE when performing maintenance on hydraulic systems. • If fittings or connections are leaking, tighten or replace seals. Filters • Check the fuel filter for accumulated water. • Check the air filter often. Since tractors are often operated in dusty conditions, this filter may need to be cleaned daily or weekly. Replace the filter if it cannot be cleaned satisfactorily or if it is damaged. • Replace the oil filter at the time of an oil change.