How to Winterize your Final Tier 4 Engines and DEF Tanks

In Memory of Austin Shellhause

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Canadian air has definitely arrived in central Illinois.  With this cooler air, attention is needed for the storage and care of any DEF fluid.  DEF fluid should be stored inside and at a temperature that will remain fairly constant, preferably above 40 degrees.  If you have John Deere machines that will be stored in cold storage for the winter, make sure you allow the DEF pump to stop running before you turn off the battery switch.  This allows the pump to evacuate the lines of any DEF fluid and bring it back into the tank.  DEF freezes at 12 degrees.  The tank has a coolant line running through it that will thaw the DEF out if the vehicle is needed to be operated during cold weather.  There is no provision, however, to warm the DEF lines that feed the exhaust treatment system.  This is why the pump needs to be allowed to run and evacuate the lines.  It evacuates the lines automatically when you turn the key off.  You can hear the pump running for about 45-60 seconds after the key is turned off and the pump will then shut off.  It is safe to turn off the battery switch once the pump stops running.  It is ok to leave the DEF in the vehicle tank in cold weather.  There is no need to drain it.  The coolant lines will thaw the DEF if needed.  With some basic common sense care, DEF has a good shelf life and should cause few problems.  Contamination by foreign material is the most common issue.  Failure to keep the cap on the bulk and vehicle tank and failure to maintain clean handling equipment are the most common occurrences.

4 Tips For Winterizing:

  • DEF freezes at 12° F. If your DEF is located outside move it to a warm, dry location if possible.
  • If your shop or garage does not have room to accommodate your totes, invest in a DEF shelter or heated tote blanket to prevent your DEF from freezing.
  • When DEF freezes it will expand approximately 7%. To avoid tote and drum ruptures, leave room for expansion.

Sloan Implement offers many different options to store and handle DEF fluid.  See your local Sloan parts department for pricing and options available or you can find out more online at sloans.com.

John Deere engines in large tractors and combines will burn from 3-8 gallons of DEF per fuel tank fill on average depending on the application and horsepower of the machine.  The John Deere vehicles equipped with a Cummins engine will burn substantially more DEF due to different methods used to deal with the emissions from the engine.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Central IL Harvest, S-Series Combine DEF usage, & Integrated Combine Adjust

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Fall harvest is under way in Central Illinois.  Some aggressive elevators are pushing some farmers to get an early start even with high moisture.  Yields have been very good.

The FT4 (Final Tier 4) combines don’t seem to be using a lot of DEF up to this point.  The .2-.3 gph usage does not seem to be too far from reality.

Also new for 2014 FT4 combines is the new Integrated Combine Adjust (ICA). This system provides suggestions on what adjustments to make based on some questions you answer.  If this button is flashing orange or red at you then simply press the flashing button and go through the ICA pages until you get to the point where it suggests an adjustment for improvement.  At that point hit the cancel button and it should quit flashing at you until at least the next time you engage the separator.

Under the “Mapping” button on your 2630 there has been a labeling change.  When you go to select yield as your foreground for the mapping page, it now says yield (wet).  The mapping page with all of the different colors representing yield has always been in wet bushels but now the button indicates that to be the case.

Harvest Ready in Lanark

Sloan’s Mapping Service & Deere 4600 Gen 4 Command Center

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Customers are beginning to bring in planting data off their screens to get maps printed and new setup data ready for fall.  If you are a current mapping customer bring in your data when you finish planting and we will get all of your data downloaded.  If you are not a current mapping customer then you can contact your local AMS Specialist or check out this link for more details:  Sloan Farm Mapping Service

We have started to see the new final tier 4 (FT4) 8R tractors rolling on the lot.  They have the new 10” 4600 Gen 4 Command Center which seems a lot larger than the 7″ in previous models.  These tractors come with 1 year free JDLink + Remote Display Access so if you get stuck navigating the new screen then we can log in and see what you are seeing and help you out.  We will not be able to push any buttons for you, but we can walk you through the steps of using the different features.  Remote Display Access can also be used on the GS3 2630.  Here’s a picture of the armrest on a new FT4 8295R that arrived in Assumption this week.DSCF0003-001