How Often Should You Get Your UTV Serviced?
Your UTV runs smoothly and works efficiently… until it doesn’t. When you’re out on the trail those little hiccups can be a real downer. First you’ve got to worry about getting your UTV off the trail and back to your vehicle. Then you’ve got to get your UTV to a repair shop, leave it there to be fixed, and then pay a bill. All of this is a stressful hassle that no one wants to deal with.
Sometimes repairs and breakdowns are inevitable, especially if you have an older machine. But most times they can be avoided or put off if you are properly maintaining and servicing your UTV. But how often should you get your UTV serviced? Here are a few things to consider.
#1. Know Your Riding
No matter what recommendations you are given, you need to take them with a grain of salt… that grain of salt being just how mild or hard you ride. If you’re only occasionally taking your UTV out for a spin, your UTV will require maintenance less often. If you like to ride hard and your UTV is subject to more extreme conditions you’re going to need to get it served more frequently. If you’re taking your UTV through mud, sand, and water frequently, you’ll need to service more often. Same goes for racing, UTV’s carrying heavy loads, or driving at prolonged low speeds.
One of the most important things to be serviced is your UTV’s oil. You should be checking the levels of your oil every time your ride. When it is cold, you need at watch your oil level carefully to make sure it doesn’t get too high or too low. Just like your vehicle, your UTV will need an oil and filter change regularly. Doing so will help extend the life of your UTV more than any other service. Follow the recommendations for your specific UTV. If it’s new, plan an oil change after 50 hours of ride-time.
Make sure to keep your cooling fins clear of debris or anything that might reduce airflow to your engine. Radiators should be cleaned regularly, if you have one.
As mentioned, when you get your oil changed you should be changing both your oil and air filter too. If you like those dusty dirt trails, you may need to watch your air filter more closely and change it more frequently.
#5. Spark Plugs
Your spark plugs should last a while before needing any attention, but if you start to notice your UTV isn’t starting or running normally, it’s a good idea to check your spark plugs for any damage or wear. If you find any corrosion, it’s time for a replacement.
If you’re not using ethanol-free fuel, try adding a fuel stabilizer to help avoid unwanted residue. This will help keep your UTV running smoothly!
Take care of your UTV and you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor adventures for years to come. If you’re looking for any advice or fun accessories for your UTV, talk to the experts at UTV Windshields & Accessories!