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As for electrical once a year after washing and drying disconnect all the electrical connections, soak both sides with WD40 (Water displacement), wipe off excess, let drip dry for a while then reconnect. I spray the entire engine, under the dash, the relays and even remove the ignition key and with a nozzle, spray WD into the key slot. WD will dry without collecting dirt and dust but, still leave a film that protects. To aid/speed up drying, start it up and allow to get engine warm (not hot) then shut it down. Electrical connections as a rule need to be clean, tight and dry. The beauty is no more bad electrical connections and all will come apart when needed !
Boy that is cleaning it to the last possible trace of dust!
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s for electrical once a year after washing and drying disconnect all the electrical connections, soak both sides with WD40 (Water displacement), wipe off excess, let drip dry for a while then reconnect.
These days I use dielectric grease on any electrical contacts that I ever disconnect when I reconnect them. The metals used in newer connectors seem to be made of materials that are prone to rapid oxide buildup and I have been bitten a few times chasing down electrical gremlins when the problem turned out to be oxidation on a connector that looked fine. Dielectric grease keeps oxygen from coming into contact with the electrical connections inside the quick disconnects.

The worst ones were on the electrical chute rotation and deflector connections for the snowblower on my Kubota. They starting working intermittently after the first year of use. I thought I was blowing fuses but the fuses were never blown and after unplugging and re-plugging all of the connectors and wiggling things they would work for a while again. Then, near the end of that second season I sprayed electrical contact cleaner into the connectors and then put some dielectric grease in them and I put more dielectric grease in at the end of the season and again at the beginning of the season every year since. I have just finished my 5th winter season with the snowblower and I haven't had a problem since that second year.

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Tractors are made for workin' not cleanin'. They sit outside, not in a curio cabinet in the family room.
ahhh. thats why my girl keeps getting upset at me.
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These days I use dielectric grease on any electrical contacts that I ever disconnect when I reconnect them. The metals used in newer connectors seem to be made of materials that are prone to rapid oxide buildup and I have been bitten a few times chasing down electrical gremlins when the problem turned out to be oxidation on a connector that looked fine. Dielectric grease keeps oxygen from coming into contact with the electrical connections inside the quick disconnects.

The worst ones were on the electrical chute rotation and deflector connections for the snowblower on my Kubota. They starting working intermittently after the first year of use. I thought I was blowing fuses but the fuses were never blown and after unplugging and re-plugging all of the connectors and wiggling things they would work for a while again. Then, near the end of that second season I sprayed electrical contact cleaner into the connectors and then put some dielectric grease in them and I put more dielectric grease in at the end of the season and again at the beginning of the season every year since. I have just finished my 5th winter season with the snowblower and I haven't had a problem since that second year.
You're getting over my head here. I'm not the mechanically kind person as you. You really have it down and know what to do.
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Rando he's just talking about putting silcone/dielectric grease in the electrical plugs. It keeps water and corrosion from happening.

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Rando he's just talking about putting silcone/dielectric grease in the electrical plugs. It keeps water and corrosion from happening.
Oh, Ok. Thanks for the interpretation. I'm a pretty simple person.
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Go to an auto parts store and ask for a tube of dielectric grease. It comes in a squeeze tube, like a small tube of toothpaste. Just squeeze a little out and coat any bare metal parts of any electrical connection and it will prevent problems. You can squeeze it directly onto the connectors, but that usually uses more than neededor you can use your finger or a q-tip to apply it where you want.

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Go to an auto parts store and ask for a tube of dielectric grease. It comes in a squeeze tube, like a small tube of toothpaste. Just squeeze a little out and coat any bare metal parts of any electrical connection and it will prevent problems. You can squeeze it directly onto the connectors, but that usually uses more than neededor you can use your finger or a q-tip to apply it where you want.
Ok, I'll check it out. Thanks!!
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Dirty tractor + Swim Goggles + Swim Snorkle + pond = clean tractor.



OK, maybe new tractor. But they're delivered clean, right?
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[QUOTE=Steve Urquell;12246343]You're gonna be shocked at how hard that thing blows lol. Mine will blow a 20ft wall of wet leaves. It's Capt'n Insano power. Don't choke it down with a little extension cord. Check their recommendation on cord size as it draws a bunch of amps.[/QUOTE

It got here Mon. Have not tried it yet.
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You're gonna be shocked at how hard that thing blows lol. Mine will blow a 20ft wall of wet leaves. It's Capt'n Insano power. Don't choke it down with a little extension cord. Check their recommendation on cord size as it draws a bunch of amps.
Wow, that thing is big! I may have to workout extra at the gym to be able to handle it. I might be able to blow the leaves out of the yard right into the field with this next fall. That would be one less thing to do with the little tractor.
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You're gonna be shocked at how hard that thing blows lol. Mine will blow a 20ft wall of wet leaves. It's Capt'n Insano power. Don't choke it down with a little extension cord. Check their recommendation on cord size as it draws a bunch of amps.
Wow, that thing is big! I may have to workout extra at the gym to be able to handle it. I might be able to blow the leaves out of the yard right into the field with this next fall. That would be one less thing to do with the little tractor.
Ha! Told ya man. That thing raises the bar for what a leaf blower can do.

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Ok, all of you mr. Clean jeans have inspired me to hose off my mower; actually it was covered in grass I just mowed during the rain blowing rainstorm. Had to mow more rain on the way.

And I've got to pull it in my garage so I didn't want it to be a mess. That should hold it for another couple years. 😊I blow it of a few times a year.
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Super Clean applied with a brush for the grease & oil. Available @ Walmart.

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Super Clean applied with a brush for the grease & oil. Available @ Walmart.
Yep. I like that it makes oil water soluable.

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