Step 1.Clean Your Vehicle
The first thing you are going to want to do is to clean your vehicle all over. By removing the moist mud and other dirt, you prevent the components from oxidizing while in storage. It is also a good idea to clean and lubricate the chain, pedals, and control cables. Make sure to dry the vehicle properly before storage to prevent rust! A coat of polish will also help your vehicle stay functional, while also making it look brand new.
Step 2.Treat the Fuel
This is one of the most important steps. Treating your fuel with stabilizer is necessary to prevent corrosion during the long winter months. Nowadays, most fuel contains about 10% ethanol, which can separate from the rest of the fuel and damage the tank. A fuel stabilizer will prevent this from happening.
Here are the steps on how to treat your fuel:
Step 3.Change the Oil
This is another vital step when it comes to keeping your vehicle in proper working order. It is recommended that you change the oil about once every 20 hours of use.
When you have added the oil, run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the oil throughout the system. This will lubricate parts that wouldn’t otherwise get oil if you simply added it and walked away. It is a good idea to start up the vehicle every month or so during winter just to get the oil moving around.
Step 4.Keep Out Invaders Like Rats, Mice, and Squirrels
You would be surprised how many critters will make their nest in your vehicle if you don’t block the openings. In particular, rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels will jump at the opportunity to spend the cold winter months in your quad’s warm comfort.
Here are some tips on how to keep these little guys out of your vehicle :
Step 5.Preserve Your Battery
This is another very important step. It is a good idea to actually disconnect and remove the battery to stop it from draining over winter. Charge the battery fully before putting it in storage. If you let your battery drain fully over the winter, then there is a good chance it will have to be replaced when the vehicle finally comes out of storage. Using a trickle charger will prevent your battery from going bad and can be purchased at most auto parts stores or on line.
Step 6.Change Your Air Filter
This is another vital step. If you regularly clean or change the air filter, your vehicle can last a lot longer than it would otherwise! An old air filter can allow dirt, sand, and other debris to get into the engine, which can seriously reduce the life expectancy of an vehicle .
Here are the steps involved in replacing the filter:
Step 7.The Final Touches
There are a few more things you will want to do before putting your quad away for winter:
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