Going on an adventure in the great outdoors on your quad bike, go kart or off road buggy is a past time we can’t get enough of! It goes without saying that servicing your quad bike will ensure the vehicle will perform better.
The Grudge Imports Service Department can service any small engine on the market and we recommend you have your recreational vehicle serviced at least once a year. In between services we have a list below of the things you can do to keep your small engine performing at it’s best. Our qualified mechanics thoroughly check over the vehicle not only servicing it but also insuring that it is in a safe working order and ready for your next outdoor adventure.
How to service a Quad Bike, Go Kart or Off Road Buggy
There are 6 basic areas to check on a weekly basis.
- Oil and fluids. Check your engine oil level and all other fluids, like brake fluids and coolant level (if applicable). For all engines we use Lubri Maxx in our workshop and recommend SAE 30 for petrol engines and or 15W-40 for diesel engines.
- Air Filter. Check the air filter is clean. A dirty air filter puts extra stress on your engine and can ultimately cause damage to the engine, a quick check and clean of the air filter can ensure your vehicles engine performs better for longer. It is a good idea to check your air filter everytime you take the vehicle out
- Spark Plugs. The best way to keep your spark plugs in good condition is to start your vehicle at least once a week. Also make sure you check that the spark plug gap is correct. Did you know that the colour of the spark plug can be an indication of the purity of your fuel mixture? If the spark plug is a dark brown the fuel mix may be too rich and if it is light brown the mix could be too lean. It is an easy way to keep a check on your fuel mix.
- Bolts. If your quad bike or vehicle is new you should check all bolts and fasteners after the first 5 hours of operation. After that a weekly check is recommended. The main bolts and nuts to check are the steering arms and tie rod ends. Ensure that any castellated nuts have the split pin fitted. Check wheel nuts on a regular basis. Check all bolts that hold calipers etc and axle mount bolts
- Chain and Cables. Always check the tension of your chain prior to going for a ride, the best way to do this is ensure that there is approx.. 10 – 15mm of movement. Ensure cables are not corroded and move freely.
- Battery and electrical. Ensure battery is in good condition and fully charged before you take the vehicle out. Check electrical cable and connections on a regular basis. Allways carry spare fuses with you
We hope this quick check list will help keep you riding! If you have any queries or concerns Brett and the team in the service department are on hand 5 days a week and are more than happy to answer your questions. We also stock a wide range of spare parts to suit most recreational vehicles and small engine machinery so we can get you back on your bike in no time!