Just like anything with a motor, your Sea-Doo needs the proper DIY and professional TLC year round to keep it running smoothly, and to ensure your investment in it isn’t cut short unnecessarily. By conducting a few care tips, especially in peak weather seasons like summer, you can avoid things like rust, mould and build up that can seem small initially, but create bigger problems down the road. Here are the quick and easy checks to do every couple of months to have your PWC ready to ride whenever you are.
Inspecting the hull of your Sea-Doo is a vital step to ensure optimal performance and safety on the water. When inspecting, you’re looking for visible damage or cracks, particularly in impact-prone areas like the bow and keel, for structural integrity. Keeping the hull clean from debris, seaweed, moss and sand improves ongoing PWC performance for smoother gliding, improved handling, and increased fuel efficiency. Regular inspections and timely repairs for any issues will give your Sea-Doo the longevity and efficiency you deserve from your investment in it, as well as resulting in a safer and more enjoyable riding experience.
Engine inspections are fundamental for a healthy PWC. Check for secure connections, fasteners, and hoses to guarantee they are in place and functioning as intended. It's also important to check the engine oil levels are correct,, following the manufacturer's directions. Low oil levels can lead to engine overheating and wear, potentially resulting in costly repairs. Simultaneously, keep a keen eye out for any oil or fluid leaks that could be indicative of more significant issues.
The cooling system is responsible for preventing the engine from overheating, and any malfunction in this vital system can have severe consequences for your watercraft. Overheating can cause significant engine damage and even lead to complete engine failure, so preventing clogs in the cooling system is a primary defence against these issues. Regularly inspect and clean this grate to ensure a steady flow of cooling water to the engine.
Aside from just keeping your PWC ready and running when you want to ride, regularly monitoring the battery's water levels is crucial, as a low water level can lead to sulfation, which can diminish the battery's capacity and lifespan. For this reason, you’re not just checking the battery life, but also inspecting it for any signs of corrosion due to exposure to water and moisture. Corrosion can impede the flow of electricity and affect the battery's performance. By keeping the battery charged and corrosion-free, you not only reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns and long-term damage.
A damaged or chipped impeller can lead to reduced speed and manoeuvrability, while debris lodged in the pump can cause reduced water flow and overheating. By cleaning and removing obstructions from the jet pump, you're not only optimising your PWC's performance but also ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride. A well-maintained jet pump and impeller also enhances the safety of your watercraft by minimising the risk of unexpected breakdowns or accidents on the water.
By following these essential summer care tips, you can enjoy a safe and trouble-free experience with your Sea-Doo throughout the summer season. Regular maintenance and attention to detail are key to prolonging the life of your PWC and maximising its performance.