If you want to spend more time riding your UTV instead of picking it up from a mechanic and paying a huge repair bill, you might want to start doing some routine maintenance. By paying attention to just a few simple items you can extend the life of your machine considerably. After all, broken down utility vehicles are practically worthless.
Probably what makes and even better case for doing some proper maintenance is that people have come to depend on using these utility vehicles for a multitude of everyday tasks like transporting people, pulling a trailer, attachments, or hauling tools and materials. Because of their versatility, these units are not just used for recreation like dirt bikes and racing four wheelers.
With so many UTVs on the market for sale from a lot of different manufacturers, it is very important to check your owners manual for a service schedule that should outline what to check and how often you should. Not everyone is mechanically inclined, so if you are not, it is a good idea to take your side x side to a qualified mechanic for any major repairs.
Most major problems can be prevented with just a little regular maintenance on your side x side. A good time to do this is to coordinate your efforts with the changing of the seasons. Be sure to include changing the engine oil, cleaning or replacing your air filter, tightening loose bolts, and checking your tire pressure. In most cases this can be done with only a set of wrenches, screwdrivers, air pump, and an oil pan.
Probably the most important thing you can do to protect your unit is to change the oil and oil filter. This will keep your engine performing the way it is supposed to. This process should be pretty straight forward and if you have ever changed the oil in your car you should be able to handle it. Simply drain the old oil, replace the oil filter, and put new oil in. Make sure that you put the manufacturer’s recommended oil type back in and pay attention to the altitude you are riding at. This can affect the type of oil weight you should be using.