Prepare your Manitou for Winter

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As the winter season approaches, it’s essential to ensure that your Manitou machine is well-prepared to tackle the cold, harsh conditions that lie ahead.

This preventive maintenance not only guarantees the safety and performance of your equipment but also extends its lifespan. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your Manitou machine for winter, covering critical components like wipers, LED lights, coolant, brake fluid, screen wash, filters, and grease.

Wipers

  • Check the condition of your wiper blades. Replace any worn-out or damaged blades to ensure clear visibility in snowy and wet conditions.
  • Apply a silicone-based wiper blade lubricant to prevent freezing or sticking during low temperatures.

LED Lights

  • Inspect all the LED lights on your Manitou machine, including headlights, taillights, and signal lights.
  •  Replace any burnt-out bulbs or malfunctioning lights to ensure optimal visibility, especially during those dark, winter days.

Coolant

  • Check the coolant level and quality.
  • If necessary, flush and replace the coolant with a winter-appropriate mixture to prevent freezing and engine damage.
  • Check for any leaks in the cooling system and have them repaired promptly.

Brake Fluid

  • Inspect the brake fluid level and its condition. Brake fluid tends to absorb moisture over time, affecting its performance.
  • If needed, replace the brake fluid and ensure the brakes are in good working order.

Screen Wash

  • Use a winter-specific windshield washer fluid that can withstand freezing temperatures.
  • Ensure the reservoir is filled to avoid running out of washer fluid during a snowstorm.

Filters

– Inspect and replace air and fuel filters as needed. Clean filters help maintain engine efficiency.
– A clean air filter prevents dust and debris from entering the engine, while a clean fuel filter ensures a steady fuel supply.

Grease

  • Lubricate all the machine’s moving parts, such as joints, pins, and hinges, with a high-quality grease suitable for low temperatures.
  • Adequate lubrication reduces friction, prevents wear and tear, and extends the life of critical components.

Additional Winter Maintenance Tips

  • Check tire pressure regularly and consider switching to winter tires for enhanced traction.
  • Examine the battery for corrosion and ensure it’s fully charged.
  • Inspect belts and hoses for any signs of wear or damage and replace them if necessary.

By following these guidelines and performing routine winter maintenance on your Manitou machine, you can ensure that it remains reliable, safe, and ready to take on the challenges of winter. This proactive approach not only safeguards your investment but also ensures your machine’s optimal performance during the cold months ahead.

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