Being the proud owner of a Can-Am is not only a (well worth it) good sized-investment, it’s also a responsibility to ensure that investment offers a long-term return. Of course, most of your time is going to be spent (literally) enjoying the ride, but some of your time as a Can-Am parent needs to be spent on the TLC of your ATV. With winter on its way, it’s important to know why you need to maintain and service your Can-am, how to keep it well maintained, and why it’s especially nifty to do so in the colder months.
Ok, so give me the why…
Like any maintenance required on a vehicle, the servicing (professional and DIY) is to keep it in tip top condition. Especially with vehicles like ATVs, they are made for thrashing over rough terrain which makes them equally durable and exposed to beyond average conditions. Every time you skip a maintenance check or a servicing, you’re denying your future self an epic ride.
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We’ve mentioned this about the maintenance of your Sea-Doo and KTM before; but the very best ongoing way to keep your Can-Am in good condition is to clean it after every use. You don’t want something as easy to initially remove as debris, mud and dirt to compound and be a bigger issue down the track. Nothing fancy, just use soapy water with a soft sponge and spray down to get rid of whatever has stuck to it on your ride. Don’t forget to check under the Can-Am too.
In winter, especially if you live in areas that hit close to 0℃ or below overnight, you should try and keep your battery on charge when not in use. If in storage or used regularly, turning your ATV on in icy conditions on a less than fully charged battery can really suck the life out of it. This is particularly so if you have an older battery; it can be the final straw to its going caput. Unlike your phone, it’s not going to keep working at capacity right to the end. Batteries slowly degrade, and letting the battery life slip will only exacerbate how quickly that happens, especially in the cold.
Your Can-Am experience is pretty heavily reliant on the health of your tyres. Just like your car, even a tiny deflation can be a big problem if not fixed ASAP. Make it a habit of checking the tyre’s density before and after each ride. Because of the tread on ATVs, you’re unlikely to see any pressure disparity with the naked eye, or even by pressing on it. To make sure your checks are accurate and the tyres have the ideal pressure for your specific Can-Am (your user manual will indicate this), use a pressure gauge.
Of course, if pressure is low due to a puncture, replace the tyre before your next ride.
It’s not just the pressure you need to check, though. Keeping from riding with balding tread is as important in your ATV as it is in your car, and for much the same reason. In the winter, you’re going to encounter different terrain to the summer months, including icy conditions. You don’t want to end up in a crash just because your tread wasn’t monitored well enough.
As always, regular services are an absolute must. At Sutto’s, we offer all the services your vehicle requires, including the winterisation of it. From oil changes to brake checks, we cover everything on your KTV to keep it fun for you, as well as safe. And, it’ll save you in the long run. Paying the fees for incremental servicing will save you a whole lot of money when it prevents higher risk of full replacement of parts or, worse, entire ATVs.
A serviced Can-Am is a happy Can-Am.