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    Default Check your hose clamps with or without a cab

    Just an FYI. Usually, hose clamps are not on my list of things to check before running the tractor.
    Two weekends ago we had about 26" or so of snow. I used the tractor plowing the snow and noticed the cab wasn't getting warm. No heat and the temp gauge was climbing way above the normal range. Stopped the tractor and found the radiator was about 1/2 gallon or so low on antifreeze. Topped it off, restarted and checked for any visible leaks. Didn't see anything pouring out so I went back to plowing and all was good. No time in past couple weeks to check for leaks. Fast forward to today. I finally got a chance to check for leaks and found a leak under the starter where the cab heater hoses are coupled together. Luckily it was just loose hose clamps (4 of them, 2 per hose). Tightened those clamps plus checked all other hose clamps I could find. Every hose clamp I found was loose. Using a 3/8" socket and ratchet got them all tight. Topped off the radiator reservoir with another 1/2 gallon of antifreeze. Wiped off the drips and did a full inspection / checklist on the tractor. My tractor is just under 3 years old and I was glad I caught this before it became a more serious problem.

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    Default Re: Check your hose clamps with or without a cab

    I have never checked hose clamps. Never had one loosen.

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    Default Re: Check your hose clamps with or without a cab

    I never did either and mine did not leak till now (2 years and 10 months) later.

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