The joy of owning a personal watercraft (PWC) is immeasurable. However, it also comes with the duty of putting a lot of love and care into it. Whether you’re ready to kick off the summer or you’re looking for a personal watercraft service, it’s essential to be an informed PWC owner.
Fortunately, PWCs are built to excellent standards yet require easy, small-scale pre-ride checklist, post-ride, and seasonal maintenance tips.
A routine schedule of proper cleaning paired with a prompt maintenance schedule will set out a hassle-free operation. Let’s kick off with the three (3) reasons why it’s essential to have regular PWC maintenance.
3 Reasons Why Regular Personal Watercraft Maintenance Is Essential
- To ensure the health of your personal watercraft and avoid suffering malfunctions
- To help it become more reliable, therefore, preserving or increasing its value
- To prevent risking an explosion
What Should Be Inside Your Owner’s Manual
If you don’t possess a copy, you can visit the manufacturer’s website and download it from there. Or you can ask your dealer to order a copy for you. Regardless, these are the details that should be inside your owner’s manual:
- A maintenance schedule
- Off-season storage information
- Engine flushing details
- Other specifications you need to handle basic maintenance
How To Wash A Jet Ski And Other PWC?
Maintaining its health is crucial if you own a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or WaveRunner. At first, you would think that cruising around the waves is already “washing” your PWC. It might seem counterintuitive. However, saltwater does a poor cleaning job, especially reaching many nooks and crannies.
Whether you’re cruising around saltwater or freshwater, knowing how we complete the process will make a massive difference for your personal watercraft to last long. These are the steps we follow after saltwater or freshwater immersion:
Remove accessories and bungs
We remove the accessories by opening the hood, storage areas, glove boxes, including removable seats or seat covers. In this way, we can access as many nooks and crannies, cleaning the dirt out in crevices.
Opening and removing the bung plugs also allow drainage of water, sand, dirt, or debris that’s made its way into your PWC.
Chock the wheels carefully on the trailer
We will elevate the front of your PWC by placing a crate under the jockey wheel to maximize drainage.
Use a hose to drizzle down the entire craft
Our team will shower the whole craft, including the inside and outside, from one end to another. We provide extra attention to the supercharger belt and pulley beneath the fuel tank. All while ensuring that no water penetrates the fuel breather, air intake, coils, and electrical areas.
Clean around and underneath accessories
After cleaning the body, we take a full-scale cleanse in the tubs and seats, the pump in the back, and the intake area. Sand and salt can quickly accumulate in these areas, leading to corrosion. If accessing this area is difficult, we will try lifting the reverse bucket.
Rinse and dry
Lastly, we finish everything by rinsing it with clean water and drying it off with a microfiber cloth. We also use a pump to drain the water remaining inside the craft.
How To Flush A PWC After Use?
Many confuse washing from flushing. However, it’s a different process that essentially maintains the health, functionality, and longevity of your personal watercraft.
The method uses water to flush out the insides of the craft’s intake, including cooling systems and pumps. Flushing removes residual traces of salt in the interior, leading to corrosion and breaking down the craft’s system.
The exact process goes if you’ve only been riding in freshwater. While it might be true that salt may not be a freshwater concern. However, it’s still essential to flush sand and algae out of the craft’s system.
One PWC is different from the other, and the required flushing procedure and its frequency. We recommend you read the owner’s manual and inform us ahead, as it will likely detail the exact steps we should follow. The results will help your internal system become clear, alleviating the chances of further complications.
It must be in a level position
We will ensure that your PWC is not tilted in one way or another. It will be harder for us if water remains static in one corner of the internal system.
“Blow” any water
Again, we recommend you to read the owner’s manual for more specific instructions on the number of revolutions to make.
Use a gentle additive cleaner
We will provide gentle additive cleaner options that will keep your craft’s inner components clean and free from any corrosion.
How To Properly Fuel Your Personal Watercraft?
Ensuring that your personal watercraft stays fueled takes the extra mile. Keeping the fuel tank full is one, but getting rid of unused or outdated fuel is another story. It isn’t always as simple as it might sound. Different practices work together, and every PWC owner should follow specific instructions to ensure safety and functionality.
As been said, the fuel depends on the precise model you own. For example, specific older models require pre-mixed fuel and oil. On the other hand, most latest models don’t need pre-mixed. But instead have separate parts for fuel and oil.
If you’re not planning to use your personal watercraft yet, there are efficient precautions to avoid complications. First, you can top off the fuel tank and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent condensation from forming.
Avoid using the old fuel left in the tank and refill it with a new one when using your PWC again. Be mindful of the location and process of how you dispose of the fuel.
Throwing it out into water systems could lead to ground contamination, while pouring it into the trash could cause a fire. It’s advisable and safer to hire a professional to drain and dispose of your fuel.
Pre-ride PWC Checklist
Maintenance starts before going out on the water. Always give your personal watercraft a quick inspection by removing the seat cover to access the engine compartment.
- Check the engine oil level and sniff for gas fumes
- Check the level of coolant in the coolant expansion tank
- Check for a leak in a cooling hose or a fitting in the hull
- Ensure that the battery is secured in its mounting bracket and the connections are tight
- Avoid using fuel containing more than 10% ethanol (E10) and add a marine fuel stabilizer instead
Post-ride PWC Maintenance Tips
After every outing, you can perform these additional maintenance tips to ensure your PWC stays in top condition until the next ride!
- Clean the inside and the outside
- Flush the intake and cooling systems
- Look for anything out-out-place, broken or missing
- Utilize a PWC lift for storage
- Put a cover to protect it from surface-level damage and prevents more problems
Seasonal PWC Maintenance Tips
After following the post-ride personal watercraft maintenance tips, there are larger tasks to follow. However, you don’t need to complete these as often. Once a season is enough, either at the start or end of the year.
- Prevent the fuel from becoming dangerous over the long months of not using
- Change the engine and the pump oil at least once a year
- Lubricate joints, fittings, and seals to have a smooth and functional operating
- Winterize your PWC by draining all the water, covering it, and storing it in a safe place