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How to Keep Your UTV Running Smoothly Through the Winter

Maintaining your UTV isn’t something that should only be done in the summer months when you’re taking your UTV out often. It’s important to have proper maintenance year-round to keep your UTV preforming at its best, and living the longest life possible. Keeping up with the maintenance of your UTV is especially critical during the cold winter months, as the extreme temperatures can magnify any issues you may have. That said, you probably don’t want to be out in a cold garage or even in the snow for hours on end checking off major maintenance projects from your to-do list. What is important to do for your UTV right now? Keep reading for winter maintenance tips, and save the rest for spring and summer. At the beginning of the cold season, you should take the time to change the oil in your UTV and the oil filters. This will prevent dirt from settling in the engine. It will also help prevent internal corrosion caused by old oil sitting in your UTV for too long. Next, you’ll want to take a close look at your battery. Check the charge and if necessary get a new one. You don’t want to be stuck out in the snow in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery! It’s also a good idea to clean your battery terminals. Give your UTV frame a very thorough, once over. Look for any cracks or damages. Again, cold weather can really magnify any small issues, like a crack in your frame, so it’s something you want to catch early! If you’re out cruising around in the snow you’ll want to make sure your tires are in good condition so that you can ride where you want to, and stay where you want to! If you have recently had any flat tires, fix them quickly and properly. Make sure the threads on your tires still have plenty of life and grip left in them. And if you’re going to be doing a lot of UTV riding in the snow, now is a great time to put chains on your tires! Grease all of your fittings with the proper lubrication so that your machine is protected against all that extra moisture as well as corrosion. Winter is also a great time to check all of your fluid levels and concentration, particularly antifreeze. Washing your UTV is less than appealing in freezing temps, so if possible wait for a really warm day or spot clean your UTV in a garage or covered area. Regardless of the season you want to keep your UTV clean. This gives you a good opportunity to inspect your entire UTV for any issues. As for other ways you can prepare your UTV for the winter months, adding a windshield will not only increase the value of your UTV but it will protect the cab during the winter. Not to mention you’ll stay nice and toasty driving it! For this and any other accessory needs, visit UTV Windshields and Accessories.

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