As the days get longer and the temps get warmer, it’s time to get your Jet Ski out and start de-winterizing it for all the fun you’ll have out on the water. Whether you zoom around a lake or the ocean, it’s crucial to have your watercraft ready to ride worry-free.
No one wants to have a breakdown out in the middle of the water with land far in sight. In this article, we’ll go over the steps to get the most out of your Jet Ski this summer. And no matter what products you need to make it happen, Bay Area Power Sports has the most affordable, best-quality service parts in the market today!
Inspect Your Jet Ski
Before you start servicing or replacing anything, look at all the components of your watercraft. Examine the following units and systems to ensure they are in proper running order.
- Fluid levels – coolant, oil, etc.
- Steering controls
- Fuel line
- Wires and electrical connections
- Bilge pump
- Nuts and bolts
- Guages/LCD screen
Look for any damage, wear and tear, cracks, and any loose connections. If it looks worn or damaged, it needs to be replaced.
Check And Install The Battery
If you took your battery out for the winter to keep it from getting cold and losing power, it’s time to give it a look over and get in installed. First things first, test the battery with a tester to ensure it has a full charge.
If it doesn’t, follow these steps to service the battery:
- Attempt to charge the battery if the tester shows no voltage. If it won’t hold a charge – it’s time to get a new battery. If the battery charges, read on.
- For regular flooded-acid batteries, fill it with distilled water and remove corrosion from the terminals with a wire brush.
- Secure the battery in place, then clean and grease the leads.
Pro Tip: Make sure to attach the red positive (+) cable first to the positive terminal.
- Attach the vent hose for your flooded-acid battery.
Check The Spark Plugs
You should replace spark plugs every couple of seasons to ensure you have a proper charge and don’t get stuck at the launch on the first day you take your Jet Ski out. It’s always a good idea to check or change your spark plugs before you go out on the water.
To check or replace your spark plugs, follow these steps:
- Remove the seat or top to access the engine.
- Disconnect and remove the ignition coils.
- Remove the plug from the engine using a standard 5/8-inch spark plug socket.
- Inspect it for excessive wear. If there is significant wear, it’s time to replace the spark plug.
- Reinstall the old plug or install the new one.
Note: Ensure you don’t cross-thread the plug during installation.
- Reinstall and reconnect the ignition coils.
Need new spark plugs? Look no further! Bay Area Power Sports carries a variety of plugs for almost any watercraft! Check them out on our website – www.bayareapowersports.com
Replace Oil And Filters
Replacing your engine oil and filter is simple. Make sure you have the right oil change kit, an oil pump, a socket or wrench to remove the oil filter cap, and a safe container to hold the old oil during this process.
- Run your Jet Ski for about 20-30 seconds to get the oil circulating through the engine.
- Remove the oil fill cap and dispstick.
- Insert the oil/transfer pump hose in the oil dipstick location until it stops at the bottom of the crank case and remove all the old oil.
- Remove the engine filter cap and old oil filter.
- Replace the oil filter cap o-ring with a new one.
- Seat the new oil filter into the cap.
- Replace the cap onto the filter compartment and tighten the bolts to secure it.
- Fill the engine with fresh oil and check the oil level to ensure the proper level.
Take a look around your Jet Ski and check for any dents, dings, broken external parts. If your watercraft has damage that may affect the performance of your Jet Ski, it’s a good time to replace them to ensure your safety out on the water.
The Best Parts At The Best Price
Bay Area Power Sports is your go-to place to get all the parts, fluids, and anything else you need to repair or service your Jet Ski. Shop today and get ready for those hot summer days out on the water!