Eight Ways To Keep Your UTV in Peak Condition

Your UTV was built for tough terrain's wear and tear; it requires regular maintenance to ensure it runs well.

These machines can be fun recreational vehicles, but they’re also vital for many outdoor professions. Keeping your machine in tip-top shape will help increase its lifespan, allowing you to spend more time on the trails and less time working on problems. 

If you’re ready to learn how to keep your UTV in peak condition, continue reading below.

1. Tire Pressure Check

Sturdy tires filled with the correct air are paramount for all vehicles, but this is especially true for UTVs. When tire pressure is too low, too high, or unevenly distributed, it can lead to an array of issues. UTVs with improper tire pressure are more likely to crash when traveling at high speeds, making sharp curves, or jumping.

The most apparent risk is tire explosion. It’s much easier to end up in a serious accident when a tire bursts. It’s also much easier to puncture the tire and end up with a flat if the pressure is insufficient. Applying the wrong tire pressure can increase your chance of a collision.

2. Stabilize the Fuel

As few as 30 days can pass before gas fully breaks down. When this occurs, varnish accumulates inside the carburetor and obstructs the narrow fuel passageways. Varnish will eventually restrict adequate fuel flow, making it impossible for your machine to start.

To combat this, every fuel tank should have a stabilizer added for optimum performance. You can omit the stabilizer if you anticipate using up a tank rapidly, such as on a daylong ride; however, many UTV fans use the same tank of fuel for weeks at a time.

3. Check and Replace Air Filters

Operating an engine requires three things: gasoline, spark, and air. Since we don't have to pay for air, most of us overlook it. A dirty or clogged air filter can stifle airflow, lower performance, or even cause the engine to shut off entirely.

Airflow is restricted, and a filthy air filter lowers engine performance. It also permits debris to enter the engine, which can cause significant wear. Consult your owner's manual to find specific instructions on how often to change your UTV’s air filter. A general rule is to change an air filter after about 50 hours of use.

4. Replace Spark Plugs

In many ways, the spark plugs are the beating heart of your UTV. These can wear out for many reasons, including dirty gas or repeated overheating. Your UTV’s engine can receive less power if your spark plugs are worn out.

Spark plugs can be changed for a reasonable price, and doing so will help guarantee that your machine works efficiently. If your engine is in good condition, it’s advised to replace your spark plugs after 100 hours of operation.

5. Check Oil Levels Often

Before every outing, check your UTV’s oil levels. Verifying oil levels look good each time you hit the trails may seem tedious; however, it’s easy and makes a crucial difference.

Low oil levels can cause damage to your engine and inhibit your UTV from performing its best. It can also affect your safety, machine power, and fuel economy. All in all, regular oil changes can keep your engine running smoothly. Frequently riding on dirt trails can gunk up the oil in your machine, so be sure you follow the recommended schedule for oil changes.

6. Proper Loading for Transportation

You must have the proper tools for loading and unloading your UTV. This will keep it safe and secure on a truck bed.

Ratchet straps help prevent ramp kickout, which can send you, your UTV, and the ramps tumbling to the ground. Side walls help guide the cart up the ramp and lessen driving off the side. Long loading ramps allow you to approach at a safe angle and limit the risk of flipping. Your UTV can safely go on and off the truck with the appropriately sized ramp.

7. Keep It Clean

Your UTV was indeed made to get muddy– however, it shouldn't remain filthy all the time. Wash off dirt and debris when performing maintenance, especially after a particularly filthy (but enjoyable) ride. 

Moisture is trapped by caked mud and filth, which can speed up metal parts' rust. It also might pack in close to the differentials or the engine, reducing heat transfer. As a result, the temperature rises, hastening the lubricant oxidation or degradation rate.

Additionally, sloughing off the radiator with mud, leaves, and other debris can make the engine operate hotter and less effectively. Use a pressure washer on your machine if possible. Next, run your machine after washing it to allow the engine's heat to dry any water that may have gotten into the exhaust, or the vicinity of the spark plug boots and coil.

Use an undercoat product that facilitates cleanup as another option. Cleaning up with a low-pressure garden hose is simple since it gives a layer of defense against mud, grime, and snow.

8. Change the Differential Fluid

During use, lubricant coats the gear teeth to prevent metal-to-metal contact and wear. High heat and additional stress can rupture the fluid layer and essentially press the lubrication out from between the gears, causing wear. In accordance with the owner's manual's recommendations, replace the differential fluid often.

Likewise, switch to a high-quality synthetic oil. It will increase film strength despite high pressures to safeguard gears and bearings in the worst situations, extending the lifespan of your machine.

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