The nice weather is upon us and we know how excited you are to hit the road and make the most of it. Before you take your Can-Am Spyder out for a ride, be sure to prep it for a new season.
If you followed our recommendations on how to store your Can-Am Spyder in winter, you’ve already replaced all the damaged parts. If not, now’s the time to take care of it!
Checking the parts: a key step
Despite its protective cover, your vehicle will probably be dusty. Spruce it up by cleaning it thoroughly with our XPS Roadster Cleaning and Detailing Kit.
Next, several parts need to be checked, starting with tires and wheels. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and roadworthy. Check that the wheel lug nuts are appropriately tightened and the rear wheel axle nut and cotter pins are in place.
Check that the drive belt is not frayed, cut, punctured, or missing teeth. Make sure there are no leaks under the vehicle.
Press on the brake pedal to make sure it’s firm. It should normally return to its original position when released.
Twist the throttle lever a few times to make sure it operates freely and returns to the idle position when released.
For manual models, make sure the clutch lever operates easily and returns to its original position when released. Also, check the clutch fluid level. For automatic models, make sure that the gearshift selector operates normally in both directions and naturally returns to the center when released.
You're almost there!
Once everything has been checked and passes muster, you can turn the ignition key "ON". Start by checking the gauges, indicator lamps, and messages on the multifunction gauge cluster. Then make sure the headlights, taillight, turn signals, and horn work properly. Start the engine to verify that the steering mechanism moves freely, and that the engine stop button works properly. Then check that the parking brake indicator is off on the multifunction gauge cluster when you release the parking brake. To test the brakes, drive slowly over a few yards, then brake.
You didn’t prepare your vehicle for long-term storage? Just a few more tasks.
Check the engine coolant and the brake fluid levels. Then, lubricate the front suspension arms and replace the engine oil and filter. If you have an automatic model, also replace the hydraulic control module HCM oil filter.
As you prepare your vehicle, please refer to your Operator's Guide for step-by-step instructions. Also, do not hesitate to contact your dealer for assistance: http://can-am.brp.com/spyder/dealer-locator.html
Your Can-Am Spyder is now ready to hit the road. Are you? Check out our article on early season equipment to make sure you stay warm during your first outings: http://can-am.brp.com/spyder/owners/spyder-blog/Stay_Warm.html.
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