Should we conduct oil changes for heavy equipment in the fall before storing for the winter months?

March 2, 2012

Q: Should tractors, loaders and other heavy equipment have the oil changed in the fall before storing for winter or should it be done in the spring? I have heard pro's and con's for both.

A: This is a great question and actually has two different schools of thought, even by top-rated chemists and maintenance professionals. Having said that let me answer the question.

I prefer the oil be changed in the fall. My reasoning is that the acids created when running the oil are removed and a fresh coating of oil is then in place to best protect the engine. That’s my position and I’m sticking to it.

There is another school of thought that does have validity. It is based on the oil being freshly changed in the spring. It is fresh and ready to go and the acids mentioned are neutralized by the current oil anyway.

I hope that answers your question. I don’t believe either is wrong. My preference is to change in the fall.

About the Author

Steve Rober

Steve Rober is Executive Sales Director and assists the Technical Department specializing in fleet lubrication management. He has been with Schaeffer Manufacturing Company since 2006 and has works closely with the Technical Department as well as Sales and Marketing. Steve is a member of STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers). Steve has completed training as a Certified Lubrication Specialist.

Steve studied Automotive Technology and Industrial Arts at Central Missouri State University. He was accredited at Harley-Davidson completing two separate training programs and scoring both classes highest marks.

Steve has an extensive background in the automotive field. During his 30 year career he has held every management position in automotive and truck dealerships. Steve is married and has two grown children.

His hobbies include hot rods and he is a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.

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