We feel like one of the most overlooked systems in your UTV today is the cooling system. It is also one of the most relied upon functions when driving your machine, whether you are ramping up the power on the dunes or backcountry or taking it easy while cruising in the forest. If you don’t maintain your Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3 and pay attention to the signs of an overheated engine it could prove to be a catastrophic fail at the worst possible time. Keeping to your periodic maintenance will help keep your UTV in the safest, most reliable condition.
You should always consult the owner’s manual for your UTV before working on your side-by-side. It will explain the best maintenance schedule and procedures for your machine. We’ve listed out a few ways you can do inspections for yourself for your radiator.
Doesn’t matter if you ride in the rain, mud, backcountry trails, dunes or the corn fields, we 100% guarantee that you will find debris that has found its’ way into the fins of your radiator. It is important to take the time to inspect the radiator and make sure it is free of obstructions so it can work properly and doesn’t break down on you in the middle of nowhere.
Generally, when cleaning your UTV post ride, a pressure washer is the tool of choice. We suggest you refrain from using a pressure washer because the high pressure could result in bending the radiator fins. We recommend that you use a standard garden hose instead, cleaning both the front and rear from the top down. Make sure that you inspect your system for leaks or obvious problems. While in storage, look under the UTV radiator to see if the ground is dark, as this could also indicate a radiator leak.
The UTV’s coolant is less likely to be serviced properly because this fluid is hidden from sight. Coolant not only transfers heat to a radiator for cooling but it also keeps the seals lubricated and prevents rusting inside the engine. The coolant level is controlled or maintained by the recovery system. The recovery system components are the overflow bottle, radiator filler neck, radiator pressure cap and connecting hose. As coolant operating temperature increases, the expanding (heated) excess coolant is forced out of the radiator, past the pressure cap, and into the overflow bottle. As engine coolant temperature decreases, the contracting (cooled) coolant is drawn back up from the tank, past the pressure cap, and into the radiator.
We recommend that you position the vehicle on a level surface when you are checking coolant levels. Watch the levels and maintain as recommended by adding coolant to the overflow bottle. If your coolant begins to drop, this could be a sign of a problem such as a leak. What we recommend you doing, is checking coolant levels each time you fuel up. This way you have a constant idea of what your coolant levels are
If you don’t know how to flush your system if you find debris in your coolant tank or radiator, bring your UTV to the us for servicing. We are always here to help you and to help maintain your side by side so you can enjoy your Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3 safely!