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Jet Ski Maintenance Tips

Jet Ski Maintenance Tips

Jet Ski Maintenance Checklist

Consulting the Owner’s Manual

Regardless of the make or model of your PWC, you should always reference the Owner’s Manual for those specific things that you may need and for the exact procedure you need to follow.

Maintaining Engine Fluids

There are some older model jet skis that will have 2-stroke engines, which means that they will need premixed fuel and oil. The newer jet skis usually have 4-stroke engines and these do not require a mixed solution, but rather, they have separate oils and fuel areas. Be sure to properly evaluate your fuel when taking the jet ski out of storage. If you had your PWC stored with some fuel in the engine without a fuel stabilizer, you need to ensure that you add a fuel cleaner and stabilizer before it is started.

Disposing of Old Fuel

If there is remaining fuel in the engine, you will want to dispose of it. If you are unsure, consult an expert to drain it for you.

You should never dispose of the old fuel in the trash or places like streams, storm drains and sewers. This could cause explosions, fires and ground contamination.

Checking for loose or damaged parts

Before starting your PWC and getting it out on the water, you should double check all of your wires, including the throttle cables and trim. Keep an eye out for damaged or loose parts, and replace them if you see any extensive wear or damage. It is very important that you start your jet skis engine if you smell fuel, as this could be a sign of a loose cable, a leak or a damaged fuel tank.

Cleaning the exterior

Each time you are out on the water, your jet ski is exposed to aquatic elements. Make sure that you always wipe down the seat and windshields to prevent staining or corrosion. You should remember that saltwater is corrosive to metal and proper cleaning of the body of the jet ski is important when it comes to extending its lifespan.

Using a PWC Lift

Personal watercrafts are not meant to be stored in water for too long. Floating PWC lifts will prevent hull delamination and PWC intake fouling. When you are cleaning your jet ski, it is much safer and easier to walk around the watercraft when making use of a PWC lift. They also make exiting and boarding the watercraft much safer and easier for the riders.

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