Big puddles and muddy terrain make riding in a UTV more thrilling. Spring is a mud season and it becomes necessary to prepare your vehicle for mudding. Proper maintenance helps to extend the vehicle life and ensure that it remains reliable during unexpected sudden adventures.
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Before any service, it is routine to wash the vehicle with a low-pressure washer. With low pressure, water does not get forced into the bearings or the stickers to blow off. You obtain a clean machine, which eliminates the contamination of fluids when you change them.
There are multiple electrical connections in your ATV, which become a challenge while mudding. Coating grease protects the connectors from water and mud splash. It saves you from electrical glitches. Lubricating grinding parts also helps to reduce friction.
Change oil & filter
The 4-strokes modern engines are more water-resistant than 2-strokes. Long term exposure to dampness and moistness is bad. When there is water exposure danger, replace the engine oil and filters. It is a cheap and easy way to protect the engine.
Check CVT drain plugs
After every muddy ride open the CVT drain plug. If water oozes out means a CVT service is necessary. After removing the CVT cover check the belt. Remove the clutch for cleaning and maintenance.
Spray water around the rotor and caliper area. Oil of grease can get tossed on the brake, so use brake cleaner sprays to clean the spot. Check brake pads to see if they are worn. If necessary, replace them!
Air filter & airbox
Clean and re-oil the filter.
Check CV axle boots
CV boots get damaged while ripping through murky mud. A ripped CV axle boot allows grease to escape, which makes room for water and mud to infiltrate in the joint. The joint eventually fails to cause the machine to stop. If this issue gets identified early, you can replace it with a new CV boot before the entire axle gets damaged.
Check tire pressures
Check for a puncture, leaking from the valve stem, and leakage around the beads. Make sure that the tire pressure is as low as 3 to 4 psi because the highly inflated tire doesn’t offer strong traction in comparison.
Perform a routine check of key components before mudding rides. Keep the engine clean and well-maintained to ensure that your trip does not get ruined.