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Storing your Power Sports Vehicles for the winter
​Ethanol likes water ! (This is bad in fuel systems)

Water will separate from the fuel and combine with the ethanol ( Heavier than fuel goes to bottom) where the fuel pick up is.

Ethanol over as little as 3 weeks will create more water (bigger problem) See picture below.

Your ATV / UTV fuel systems are vented so there is going to be moisture in the fuel system.

Problems this will cause to your UTV or ATV 

  • Lean-burn situations in the engine (Bad)
  • Varnish and gumming in the fuel system
  • ​Increase in combustion temperatures

As of October 2014 most gas purchased has E10 10% Ethanol 
They are currently testing the effects of E15  15% Ethanol

The problem will only get worse! 

If you want trouble free riding and want your Side x Side's and ATV's starting up in the spring and all summer long you need to start doing what will prevent the problems.

Amsoil products are a great source for this. 

Amsoil gasoline stabilizer is for periods left more than 30 days.

Amsoil Quickshot ​- Stops the separation of water from the fuel-this needs to start being a part of your fuel supply every time. 

Amsoil P.I. performance improver.  This is a fuel system cleaner should use every other tank of gasoline. 

The reason I recommend Amsoil is they are testing and improving there products specifically for the power sports field.

They do not make a product just because they see marketing dollars

If you would like more information about winterizing your UTV or ATV give me a call or would like my company to perform this service for you.

Gary Madsen
www.utvservice.com
801-410-0599


  • ​Wash and dry your UTV / ATV
  • ​Change oil and Filter  (This will remove all the carbon, dirt, debris in the old oil) Don't want this left all winter
  • Spark Plug change
  • Amsoil Fuel Stabilizer (Carburetor or Fuel Injection) Run for 10-15 minutes to get the stabilizer through the system.
  • Grease and lube all fittings
  • Spray silicone lubricant on all moving parts
  • Check belts & tension
  • Optional but a good idea (Unhook and remove battery)


UTV's & ATV's 
Fuel and the Problem Ethanol Creates
Motorcycle Winterizing

  • Wash and dry motorcycle
  • Change oil and filter
  • Install Amsoil fuel stabilizer (Start and run for 10-15 minutes)
  • Battery float charger
  • Raise off ground if possible
  • Cover with tarp
Snowmobile off season maintenance (Exposure to wet conditions)

  • Wash and dry
  • Install Amsoil fuel stabilizer (Start and run for 10-15 minutes)
  • Fog engine if applicable with Amsoil fog
  • Change oil and filter
  • Disconnect and remove battery
  • Grease suspension points
  • Apply Amsoil MP (Metal Protector) to exposed metal parts 
  • Cover and store
Winterizing PWC's (Personal Watercraft)

  • Install Amsoil fuel stabilizer on your last use
  • Wash and dry craft
  • Fog if applicable
  • Flush with fresh water if used in salt water
  • Flush with storage antifreeze if stored in cold climate ( There is water pockets that you never get the water out of)
  • Remove battery and store in dry place off the ground 
Lawn and Garden Equipment Storage

  • Wash off any grass,mud,etc.
  • Install Amsoil fuel stabilzer 
  • Change oil and filter
  • Fog engine
  • Apply Amsoil MP (Metal Protector) to exposed blades
Conclusion:

  • Fuel maintenance is very important
  • Oil change removes corrosion and oxides
  • Fog engine to lubricate and coat with light oil
  • Battery maintenance to get the most life out of these expensive pieces
  • Storage location