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Get your Can-Am Spyder ready for winter

Sep, 14 2016

Do you put your Can-Am Spyder away for at least four months in the winter? Here’s what you need to do to keep your vehicle in good condition.

BRP recommends contacting your authorized Can-Am Spyder dealer to go through these procedures, which can also be found in your Operator’s Guides. If you prefer to do them yourself, here are the steps to follow:

Change the oil and filter

It’s better to change the oil at the end of the riding season to remove any contaminants and acids, which can affect seals and gaskets over the storage period.

BRP offers oil change kits for all Can-Am Spyder engines that include the oil, filter(s) and necessary sealing washers and O-rings.

Check engine coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluid levels

Fill the fuel tank, add a carbon-free fuel stabilizer (XPS fuel stabilizer recommended) and run the engine to prevent the tank from rusting and the fuel from deteriorating. Strictly follow the instructions on the fuel stabilizer container. 

Inflate all tires to their recommended pressure

Check tire inflation pressure, tread wear and depth, and for any damage or deformation of the tread or tire wall, and for any leaks.

Clean the vehicle

This will avoid staining of the seat or paint due to road debris and leaves. Using warm water works well to remove bugs on the windshield and front panels. Ensure that the radiator fan is clear of dirt and debris.

BRP recommends washing your vehicle with a surface-compatible cleaner, and applying polish for extra protection.

Lubricate all control cables and latches, and pivoting points of all levers

Lubricate the fuel cap and ignition switch barrels. The recommended product for this is XPS Storage Oil or a drop of XPS 4-Stroke Synthetic Blend Oil.

Slow charge the battery once a month

The recommended charging rate is 2 A. Removing the battery is not necessary.

Install a plastic bag over the muffler outlet

This will prevent moisture from entering the muffler.

Cover the vehicle with a permeable cover

Avoid using plastic or similar non-breathing, coated materials that restrict airflow and allow heat and moisture to accumulate.

Do not run engine during storage period

If the vehicle is stored where temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), running the engine will cause it to heat up and then cool down, producing moisture that will accumulate and potentially cause corrosion.

By following these easy steps, you can ensure your Can-Am Spyder comes out of storage running as smoothly as the day you put it in. Remember to refer to your Operator’s Guides for the complete storage procedure.

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