UTV’s are incredible machines. There is very little they can’t do. Whether you use them for work or for play, you’ll want to take care of your side by side so that it performs in the best way possible for years to come. It’s important not to overlook basic maintenance. Keep your UTV in its best possible condition with a few of our maintenance tips below.
Fittings, Joints and Bearings
These require periodic lubrication and will keep your machine running at it’s best. Check high wear items like ball joints, bushings and bearings. Be ready to replace them if necessary.
Engine Oil and other Fluids
Changing your oil is a great defense against engine wear and power loss. Always check your engine oil before a major ride. This gets overlooked from time to time, but it’s really important. Change out the oil and oil filter at regular intervals according to the recommendations in your owner’s manual.
You’ll also want to check your coolant levels. Coolant helps to keep the seals cooled and lubricated, which helps to extend your engine’s life. If it contains sludge or slime, it’s time for a change.
Remember your air filter. For some reason, these often get overlooked. A dirty or clogged air filter can choke off airflow and reduce your engine performance though. Check your filter regularly. If yours is the kind of filter you can service yourself, clean it often. If not, change it as often as is recommended in your owner’s manual. Pre-filters can also be a big help by keeping out the larger dirt particles.
Tires and CV Boots
Check the air pressure, and condition of your tires. You’ll want to make sure they’re in good condition and properly inflated. Also check your CV boots. If you catch a tear early on, you may save yourself an expensive repair.
Check the brake pad thickness, the routing of your lines, and the quality and level of your brake fluid. Test your brakes before heading out on a ride to make sure they are working smoothly. If they grab or vibrate it’s time for a change.
It may be worth considering using a fuel stabilizer. Gas can start to break down in as little as 30 days. If you use the same tank of fuel for several months, a stabilizer can prevent the oxidization that causes varnish.