There are many benefits of keeping your SXS clean. If you ride SXS often and roughly in the mud and water, then you are also responsible to keep it clean on a regular basis. We have listed some of the reasons to why you should always keep your cote a cote noir clean.
- When you drive your side by side in mud, the debris tends to accumulate behind your brake pads. Then, it hardens and the next time you go on a ride, the brakes are slightly held on. This tends to create a squeaky noise and prematurely wear off your pads.
- The electrical connections, bolts, clamps, and nuts get wrapped in mud and dirt. When it comes to its regular maintenance, you will have issues in breaking these clamps, breaking connectors, stripping nuts and bolts. Hence cleaning your SXS is important.
- As the mud is packed between your frame and harness, your wiring harness is not held perfectly in place where it needs to in your frame, that itself promotes wiring harness damage. With time, this mud hardens and it will gradually rub and vibrate sharply against your harness which will lead to shorts and more snafus.
- Always keep your suspension, shafts and seals safe. Never let the mud accumulate around the shocks and springs as it will lead to leakage and impact the performance of the suspension.
- When the mud is heavily packed on the fenders, it can create extra load that can crack or deform the fender itself. Besides, leaving mud on the plastic of your side by side can even cause the uneven sun fading and destroy the look of your SXS drastically.
- You also need to keep the radiator steer clear of all the mud. If you don’t, your SXS will not be able to cool itself down and will damage the engine significantly. Your fan motors are not made to deal with the mud and they may get damaged too. If the radiator is slightly plugged, it will render your SXS hotter and will strive in working normally. Many SXS are made for having fun in the mud, but you need to pay heed to certain maintenance tips to keep your SXS run for longer. You may refer to the user manual for the service intervals, but it all comes down upon you and the way you use and maintain your SXS.