Jet Skis are a great way to spend time on the water with your family and friends during the summer. Compared to a boat, Jet Ski’s can be easily launched from storage without unwrapping or lengthy safety checks, and can easily be hauled. However, they still need to be taken care so you can enjoy long days aboard your Jet Ski for years to come.
When it comes to Jet Ski maintenance, taking preventative steps can keep you having fun and avoid being stranded out on the lake, ocean or gulf.
Here are some maintenance tips to get your started....
1. Consult the Owner’s Manual
Whatever make or model PWC you have, always reference the Owner’s Manual for specific things you will need and exact procedures to follow. Our checklist and tips are just a guideline.
2. Maintain Engine Fluids
Some of the older model Jet Skis have 2-stroke engines, which means that they require premixed oil and fuel. Newer Jet Skis have 4-stroke engines that don’t require a mixed solution; rather they have separate fuel and oil areas. When you take the Jet Ski out of storage, be sure to properly evaluate your fuel. If you stored the PWC with fuel in the engine and no fuel stabilizer, make sure that you add a fuel cleaner and stabilizer before you start it.
3. Dispose of Old Fuel
If old fuel is remaining in the engine, you will want to dispose of it. Consult an expert if you’re not sure and ask them to drain and dispose of the old fuel.
Never dispose of old fuel in the trash or any body of water including storm drains, streams, and sewers. This can cause fires, explosions and ground contamination.
4. Check for loose or damaged parts
Before you start your PWC and go out on the water, you will want to look over all of the wires, including throttle cables and trim. Look for any loose or damaged parts, and always replace them if you notice any damage or extensive wear. It’s important not to start your Jet Ski’s engine if you can smell fuel; this could be a sign of a leak, loose cable, or damaged fuel tank.