Cost to Tune Up a Tractor

Cost to Tune Up a Tractor

How much does it cost to tune up a tractor? A repair service charges $264 to tune up a tractor vs. doing it yourself for $85 and saving 67 percent. Enter your ZIP Code and adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 2.4 DIY 3.5
Money Pro $264 DIY $85
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $264 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Regular maintenance of any lawn equipment makes it operate at peak performance and ensures that it's running safely. To keep a lawn tractor in good running order, get a regular tune up by the manufacturer or do it yourself. A thorough checkup involves inspecting belts for wear and adjusting the tension, then cleaning the engine compartment and removing any build-up of debris under the deck. Next, change the oil and replace the spark plugs and air and fuel filters, and check the battery for voltage and continuity.

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You have to find an environmentally safe place to dispose the old oil you removed.

Then grease the axle and mower spindles. Sharpen and balance the blades, but be careful. Remember to disconnect spark plug wires or negative battery cable to prevent an accidental startup. These routine procedures guarantee you’ll get the best cutting action and a smooth ride all season.

John Deere is a manufacturer that does house calls for lawn tractors with a mobile tune up service. A mechanic and trailer (with a service bay and lift) arrives at your house, and the mechanic moves the tractor inside and does a complete checkup for $264. A mechanically savvy do-it-yourselfer can do a tune up for $85, the cost of the oil, filters, belts and other materials, and save 67 percent.

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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to tune up a tractor lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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