“Spring has sprung It’s clear to see, time to fire up the UTV!”
Spring is knocking on our door! As a UTV owner you will be anxious to get outside - start plowing those food plots, or to simply hit the trail on the weekends! Whatever your passion, Intimidator UTV recommends spending a little bit of time cleaning and prepping your UTV before riding it, saving you a ton of problems. Here are a few tips to consider before hitting the trail this spring.
JUST CLEAN IT
Regardless of whether your UTV has been driven much over the winter months, it’s always a good idea to give it a thorough washing. Take a good water-based degreaser and surface cleaner and spray your entire machine, letting it soak in before you start washing and scrubbing. It helps to get the old dried mud and crud out of all those tight spots, as this can lead to rust, which nobody likes. Don’t forget the WAX! There are a lot of reasons to wax your UTV’s metal and plastic exterior. Not only does this help protect from UV damage, but it also helps keep mud and dirt from sticking to it.
WANNA BE CHANGING SOMETHING
Cleaning the outside is one thing, but keeping your side by side clean from the inside out is perhaps more important. The engine is the heart of the beast. You must keep up with the oil level, oil quality as well as the oil filter in order to get the most out of it for years to come. Following your OEM’s specifications, do a complete oil change, oil filter change, and possibly fuel filter change every spring. If you used your machine over the winter, as it sits and cools after being used, the cold can cause condensation to form. This can lead to a minute amount of water in your oil and reduce its ability to work properly in the engine. It only takes a few minutes and it is so very important! The OEM service manual for most ATVs/UTVs will recommend every 20 hours or 200 miles as a guide. Don’t forget to change your air filter! The air filter keeps dust and dirt from getting down into the engine. These two alone can destroy the piston and rings while chewing away at the cylinder wall.
DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GREASE ENOUGH
Get the squeak out by greasing all of your fittings, making sure you coat all of your cables and exposed metal with oil or grease. Lubricate all of the grease zerk fittings, using a good quality waterproof grease. It’s a good idea to force the older grease out of the bearing, joint, etc. This not only ensures that there is a fully lubricated part, but any dirt, rust, etc that was in there has been pushed out and can be wiped off. Plan to spend some quality time going through everything. Remember, the time you spend now gives you more time to spend on the trails and less time in the repair shop. If servicing your UTV is simply something you just don’t want to mess with, contact an Intimidator Dealer near you for a fast and reliable fix! No job is too small or big for us!
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME COOL
Keeping your UTV running cool in the heat of each ride is very important. Making sure the coolant is at its specified level is crucial. Most UTVs have a coolant reservoir that carries extra coolant should the system require it. It is also good to check the coolant in the radiator before you start the machine, while cold, just to get an idea of the coolant condition. Coolant is sold in many colors and types so be sure to look up the OEM specified coolant for your specific model.
Fuel can’t be trusted these days, and leaving last year’s fuel in your side by side is a guaranteed way to create problems. If you park your rig for the winter and don’t treat the fuel, or drain the fuel out of the carb or tank, chances are you will have trouble come spring. Simply removing the fuel before storage is one way to handle the problem or at the very least add a fuel stabilizer to the remaining fuel during storage. Just do not forget that fuel can be your best friend, but it can also be your enemy.
REMEMBER THE TIRES and everything else
Keeping proper air pressure in your tires is important to the driveability and handling of your UTV. Check it this spring before you drive it. You should also inspect the tires for cuts or other debris that may have gotten itself stuck in the tire. Some trails have large thorn bushes that will easily puncture a tire and let the air out over time. Plugging these holes will give you a safe machine as well as confidence in your ride on those long trips into the wilderness. Also, be sure to check the lug nuts on your wheels to be sure they are tightened to manufacturer’s specification. It is always a good idea to simply look over the nuts, bolts, suspension, and other components that are bolted to the machine. Making sure everything is tight and secure is just good insurance for a safe and fun-filled spring riding season.
Riding trails can also be hazardous to your driveline without you even knowing it. The axle that comes from the front or rear differential out to the wheel on most any machine will have rubber boots protecting the CV joint inside. These boots also keep the grease for the joint clean and contained to the inside of the joint. They also keep dirt and destructive materials out. In short, CV boots are easily torn and can go unnoticed for many miles. If you notice any grease on a wheel or surrounding areas of the framework near a drive axle, it’s possible you have a break in a CV axle boot. Jacking the machine up and spinning the wheels will give you a good look around the boots and help locate any trouble. This will be a good time to also inspect your wheel bearings. Even though most are sealed, they do go bad due to moisture and can ruin other items if left alone for too long.
While you’re inside the guts of your ride, it’s always a good idea to check the state of your spark plugs and other miscellaneous components. If they need swapping out, now’s the time. Don’t worry, it should be a quick, simple process.
On a final note: It’s also the time to make sure you’re legal! In almost every state, province, or other jurisdiction, UTVs are required to be tagged, registered, licensed, and adorned with stickers.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
For all of your maintenance needs, Intimidator UTV has dealers located throughout the nation, willing and able to assist you in maintaining your ride. If you don’t own a UTV, or are ready for an upgrade, the next paragraph is for YOU!!
The time is NOW for an Intimidator UTV! All units sold through March 30, 2019 will receive a FREE Intimidator top, windshield AND UTV Cover with the unit. This applies to all 2018 and older units! Intimidator windshields and tops add incredible value and more riding comfort to your new rig! Keep the dust, bugs and flying debris out while you ride. Intimidator's windshields are scratch resistant and made specifically for the Intimidator to ensure a precise fit every time. The Intimidator top protects you from hot sun or unexpected showers and the polyethylene material used is durable - no fractures or warping, even in cold weather. Plus, installation is quick and easy. Stop by your local Intimidator Dealer today and put some SPRING in your step and hit the trails in style!