6 Simple UTV Maintenance Tips

If you’re anything like most side-by-side owners, you probably dropped a pretty penny on your vehicle, so it makes sense to take care of it. You don’t want your investment to go down the drain! Here are just six everyday maintenance tips for UTVs and ATVs.

1. Change the Oil

This is the most basic task of UTV ownership, and the good news is that it’s pretty easy to do yourself once you’ve gotten the hang of it. Just make sure to consult your owner’s manual before you unscrew any caps or drain any fluids from your engine. The process might be a little different from other cars, trucks or recreational vehicles that you already have in your garage.

2. Squeeze the Tires

You’ll wish that you had taken this step when you’re miles from civilization and struggling with a flat tire. Make it a point to check the integrity of your wheels before you go anywhere! This is especially important if you like off-roading: You might find it easier or safer to completely change your tires before entering rough terrain. They make heavy-duty wheels for a reason.

3. Break Them In

Wait! Before you start doing doughnuts and racing across sand dunes, spend some quality time “breaking in” your UTV. It doesn’t matter if it’s a brand-new vehicle or a used model that’s just new to <i>you</i>; it takes time to learn the intricacies of your particular ride. Treat it gently for at least a week until you know how to handle it. Then you can perform all of the doughnuts that you please.

4. Replace Your Filters

Whether it’s for air, oil, exhaust or other things entirely, the filters on your UTV should be changed on a regular basis. Not only will this keep your vehicle operating at full capacity, but it will also prevent build-up from damaging the inside of your engine. If you don’t know how to check or change the filters yourself, ask the professionals for help. This service doesn’t usually cost much.

5. Get Out the Hose

In an ideal world, you’d wipe down your UTV after every ride. If you don’t have this kind of time or energy, however, you should at least rinse off the mud, dirt, snow and debris clinging to the exterior of your vehicle. It will extend the lifespan of your paint job, and it will keep junk from getting caked-on and hard to remove when you’re finally ready to clean.

6. Talk to a Mechanic

This is especially important if you’re a first-time UTV owner. You simply don’t have the base of knowledge that you need to properly care for your vehicle, and reading articles on the Internet isn’t going to cut it! Get your side-by-side checked by a professional at least once, and listen to anything that they have to say. If they’re concerned about a loose bolt or a rumble in your engine, take measures to correct it. You never know when the advice of an expert will prove invaluable.

These are just a few ways to keep your side-by-side in great shape. To top it all off, it doesn’t even matter if you’re driving a Can Am Maverick or a Kawasaki Teryx 750. These suggestions will apply to all UTVs!