Jet ski Maintanance
Buying a jet ski is a big investment. Jet ski maintenance is an ongoing responsibility, with regular checks of certain components necessary to keep your craft in optimal condition. Below are 5 important checks to do:
Read your manual
It’s important for first-time jet ski owners to refer to their manual as often as possible. Modern manuals carry details on every component of your jet ski, allowing you to better understand how everything works. Never attempt any DIY repairs on your jet ski without knowing exactly what you’re doing, as you can cause more harm than good.
Flush the engine
Regardless of whether you ride in fresh or salt water, your jet ski should be flushed after every single ride. Flushing removes salt, sand, algae, weeds, and shells (etcetera) from the engine and prevents damage and corrosion.
Modern jet skis are fitted with a hose connector for interior cleaning. Simply attach a hose to the connector (hose MUST be turned off) before starting your engine. Once the engine is running, turn the hose on and keep it on for approximately two minutes. Allow your jetski to keep running for a few seconds after turning the hose off, and give the throttle a few twists to drain water from the exhaust. Remember to keep your engine running at all times when adding water to the interior.
Wash it down after every ride
Modern jet skis are designed to last, but saltwater is corrosive to fiberglass and can lead to problems down the line. First rinse your jet ski, before using warm soapy water and a sponge to thoroughly remove all salt residue. Set your hose to a low pressure when rinsing the soap off.
Jet ski covers are a wise investment for those who want to keep their craft clean and dry between adventures.
Jet skis are resilient and built to absorb minor damage, but will show signs of mechanical wear over time in the same way that cars do. Cracks or fissures in the fiberglass of your jet ski need to be checked by a professional as soon as possible, as hull damage can expose interior components to significant damage.
With the additional weight of tubbies added to modern day fishing additional strain is placed on the hull, these tubbies themselves can also crack under pressure so make sure to regularly inspect them as well. After inspection I have found that my Scotty rod mounts started cracking my tubbies. I added 3mm stainless steel plates to top and bottom to distribute the pressure evenly over the tubbie and should help a great deal on the big fish strikes we get from time to time.
It pays to check the components of your jet ski after prolonged use. Once you know where everything is, you’ll be able to confidently check hoses, clamps, wiring, throttle cables and other components to ensure everything is in good working order.
I also checked all my batteries and made sure to use the product as in images below to avoid any corrosion or unwanted grit getting onto my battery terminals. i have also added a trickle charger to ensure my batteries are fully charged after a lockdown of over 3 weeks. The main thing to consider is that your jet ski does not stand for long periods without use this causes seals and rubbers to perish when not in regular use.
Our suggestion is to join jet ski clubs such as the Inland Jetski Group in Gauteng run by us. We do regular outrides and trips to various destinations to keep you active and your jet ski in top running condition.
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