Sponsored content: Keep your machine free from ice buildup before use

It’s cold, it’s icy and here are some things to keep in mind when using your ATV or UTV in the ice and snow.

There’s nothing like getting together with some friends and coordinating a snow ride once the powder has hit the ground.

Like little kids on a sled, throwing caution to the wind, we jump on our 4-wheeler or side-by-side and fling powder onto whoever is close enough to fall victim to the childish act that we all do.

Once our toes are frozen and we can’t feel our face anymore, we load up and go home.

What happens next is frequently the problem. The residual snow and ice built up on critical moving parts becomes extremely abrasive and sharp. This creates a hazard to axle boots, steering gears, hub bearings and electrical connectors.

It is critical to thaw out your machine before its next use to prevent mechanical or electrical component failure. This includes plow equipment and tracks.

Bud’s PowerSports is always happy to help with repairs, but we always want to help prevent mechanical breakdown if at all possible. If you have any questions on winter maintenance or storage of your machine, always feel free to give us a call at 208-962-3211.

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