UTV Maintenance: What You Should Be Doing
To keep your UTV in tip-top shape and ready for exciting adventures, it makes sense to keep it regularly maintained. Here are nine ways to keep your utility vehicle going strong for years to come.
1. Check Oil Before Each Ride
Please don’t neglect this maintenance check, because it’s crucial. Checking your oil often ensures you’re not putting additional strain on your motor. It may seem monotonous, but it can be costly if you don’t check your oil levels since it can result in an improperly lubricated engine, thus causing it to lock up.
2. Check Tire Tread and Pressure
Having the ability to grip rough terrain is what makes off-roading possible, so check your tire tread and pressure. If you have poorly inflated tires or worn-out tread, you don’t have the necessary stability, which puts you and your passengers at risk.
3. Change the Spark Plugs
Using lousy gas in your UTV can cause your spark plugs to wear out, which reduces the amount of power going to your engine. Changing your spark plugs is a simple and inexpensive thing to do and keeps your engine running smoothly, saving you from future costly repair. It’s best to replace your spark plugs after about 100 hours of use, supposing that your engine works properly.
4. Check the Coolant Regularly
Without coolant, your seals can’t be lubricated or cooled, which helps extend the life of your engine. Even though your UTV can run on the same coolant for a while, but over time, your engine becomes exposed to dirt and debris, thus diminishing the coolant levels, so check your levels often.
5. Use the Best Fuel
A quality high-octane fuel works best for UTVs. It costs a little more than other fuel, but ensures you keep your engine in peak condition; this saves you money in the long run.
6. Service Your Driveline
It’s a good idea to service your driveline, whether you have a chain or belt-driven vehicle. You can check the tension yourself after every few uses if you don’t want to get it checked out.
7. Ensure Your Radiator Cap is in Good Condition
In a UTV, the radiator cap controls the coolant and allows the radiator to pull in more fluid when needed. When the radiator cap has cracks or breaks, it interferes with its ability to regulate the pressure. It makes it much harder to have a good flow of coolant to your engine.
8. Check Your Electrical Wiring
It’s imperative to check for any wear and tear, cracks, or exposed wires in your electrical wiring. If you do see that, you need to get your UTV to a trusted ATV/UTV services department quickly. These issues can result in irreparable harm to essential components of your UTV.
9. Proper loading for Transportation
Having the right equipment for your UTV truck bed ensures loading and unloading is done safely and securely. Having long-loading ramps enables you to approach at a safe angle, reducing your chances of flipping. Sidewalls help steer the cart up the ramp and reduce driving off the side. Also, using ratchet straps help avoid ramp kick-out, which could send you, your UTV, and the ramps slamming into the ground. Please choose the right size, so your UTV makes it off and on the truck in one piece.
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