UTV Upkeep: Maximize Productivity by Making Sure Your Utility Vehicle Fleet Is Ready for Spring

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With the winter months ahead, now is the perfect time to tackle your utility vehicle’s preventative maintenance to be sure its in top performing shape once the spring season begins. Taking the time to make sure you have the vehicles ready to do your best work is a process that takes some time up front but will boost productivity in the long run.

Preventative Maintenance

Proper vehicle maintenance is key to keeping your fleet operating at its best. This winter, follow this checklist to help guarantee your electric vehicles are in prime shape come spring.

  • Drive the vehicle and listen for unusual noises, shakes and rattles; check for proper steering response and test the braking system to make sure stopping distance is safe and adequate for the application.
  • Inspect the entire vehicle for loose or missing fasteners. Replace any that are missing and tighten any that are loose to the manufacturer’s recommended torque specifications.
  • Examine the suspension and perform a front wheel alignment as necessary to ensure vehicles operate normally, provide a smooth ride and prevent excess tire wear.
  • Inflate all tires to proper tire pressure, per the manufacturer’s recommendations, to maintain normal operating ranges, vehicle performance and prevent excess tire wear.
  • Examine and lubricate the brake system making sure brakes are adjusted properly for optimal operation.
  • Clean the vehicle using products recommended in the owner’s manual. Also, pay special attention to areas where leaves and debris can build up, causing suboptimal performance of the chassis, drivetrain or electrical system.
  • Prep the vehicle for storage if necessary — key off, car in tow-mode, park brake set.
  • Check and water batteries to maintain power and range of vehicle.
  • Examine vehicles for worn wires and cables, replacing as necessary. Worn wires and cables can severely affect the performance of your vehicle.
  • Clean and tighten the battery terminals and battery hold-downs.

After completing this checklist, make sure to reach out to your dealer to schedule any necessary appointments for repairs before they are booked up. If you decide to preform your own repairs, make sure to reference your owner’s manual, and should you run into complications, utilize your vehicle manufacturer’s technical assistance hotline.

Brant Mitchell is commercial portfolio leader for Club Car.

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