Congratulations! You’re the proud new owner of your very own UTV. Before you go thundering over sand dunes, however, you should know that UTVs take a certain level of maintenance to stay in top form. Here are six important tips for UTV upkeep.
1. Change Your Oil
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many UTV owners don’t change their oil regularly. They get so caught up in the excitement of off-roading that they completely forget about it. Don’t make this mistake! Change or at least check your oil every time you go for a ride.
2. Monitor Your Coolant
It doesn’t need to be changed as much as your oil does, but you should still make a habit out of monitoring your coolant levels. You never know when something might go wrong inside your engine, and the last thing you want to do is get stuck in the middle of the wilderness with a coolant problem.
3. Keep an Eye on Your Radiator Cap
Radiator caps are responsible for the regulation of your coolant, so if it has problems, your entire radiator can have problems. Check your cap every time you go for a ride. If you notice signs of wear or damage, replace it immediately.
4. Understand Your Brand
Different UTVs will have different maintenance needs. For example, an Arctic Cat Prowler might be a bit more fiddly than a Kawasaki Mule. While the fundamental requirements of UTVs are the same, you should definitely get to know your vehicle on an individual level.
5. Watch Your Wires
Frayed wires are a simple problem that can lead to big complications down the road. Do yourself a favor and ensure the integrity of your wires every time you take your UTV for a spin. You’ll regret not doing it otherwise.
6. Replace Your Spark Plug
Spark plugs are inexpensive pieces of equipment that can make a real difference in how you ride. As soon as they start wearing down, you’ll feel it in your UTV’s performance. Try to replace them at least twice a year to keep your vehicle operating at maximum efficiency.
These are just six tips for basic UTV maintenance. There are many more, of course, but these should be enough to keep her running for the time being. You can graduate to more advanced courses of side-by-side upkeep once you’ve been an owner for awhile.