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If you are one of the lucky ones who has actually purchased your Honda Pioneer and now has it sitting in your garage, ready for the next time you decide to take it out for a ride, you should also make sure that you keep up with maintenance. I put together a bit of a top ten list of maintenance tips for your UTV, and you guys should feel free to add tips to the list as well.

1. Check your Oil

It is a good idea to check your oil every ride, or at least every few rides. Oil can be burnt off through weak piston rings and seep out of unsuspected compromised gaskets.

2. Change your Oil



Don't forget to change you roil from time to time! Checking your oil doesn't really help much at all if you aren't prepared to change the oil too. Some people don't think this matters, but it does. Keeping fresh oil in your Pioneer will ensure that your engine continues to run strong.

3. Check the Coolant

Coolant has several functions in your engine. It moves heat to a radiator for cooling, lubricates seals and prevents rusting inside the engine. Coolant doesn't have to be changed often unless the system gets compromised with debris from within, or is some cases when the gasket begins to leak and allows engine oil in. Otherwise the coolant should be able to be run for years.

4. Check Radiator Cap

The radiator cap plugs the hole in the top of the radiator and also controls the coolant within. The radiator cap controls coolant as it reaches its high pressure, and the cap also allows negative pressure to pull coolant into the radiator should it need more fluid. Ensure that the radiator cap has a proper seal, and replace it if you see signs of wear.

5. Replace Spark Plugs



Change your Pioneer's spark plugs to bring back fresh power that can be lost as the plug begins to wear over time. Spark plugs only cost $10 each. Switch them out twice a year to make sure your Pioneer is running at peak performance.

6. Electrical Wiring

If you are comfortable with wiring and electrical work, be sure to look over the wiring of the Pioneer often. Any wires that are wearing or scraped should be replaced before they have the chance to get grounded and ruin expensive components.

7. Monitor your Fuel

After each ride you should drain the carborator and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent the fuel from gelling and varnish from slowing your next outing. This product also clean internal carb components. You can also use high octane fuel to be nice to your engine.

8. Check Tire Air Pressure



Make sure that your Pioneer's tires are inflated properly. No one wants to ride around on flat tires.

9. Driveline Service

Check the driveline of the Pioneer often (every ride or two.) This may sound over-zealous, but if you have to push your Pioneer across a muddy field because the driveline breaks down, you will not feel that this is overkill anymore.

10. Battery Maintenance



Lastly, keep a close eye on your battery. During the winter, if you don't take the Pioneer out very often, invest in a trickle charger for your battery.
 

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nice write up !!!
a few things i will add ...
1) if you ride in the snow scrape the ice away from the cv boots......ice can cut them up quick
2) in #7 you say to drain the carb for storage .... as the pioneer is fuel injected there is nothing to drain so i say to add a fuel stablizer like seafome ......
3) in #9 you said that if something breaks in the driveline you will be pushing the pioneer across a field .......... at 1,400+ pounds i don't think you will be pushing for long ....lol
once again nice job !!!!
 

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If I may add. Grease grease grease! Especially if you just pressure wash out the debris from a ride. I prefer a marine grease or use a good silicone spray or chain lube can even work. Make sure to get your door latches, and the associated springs. Hinges on doors, bed, tailgate. It will help with proper function and can cut down on them rusting or corroding as well as minor rattles. Doesn't take long to go over the entire vehicle and hit ever latch.
 

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If I may add. Grease grease grease! Especially if you just pressure wash out the debris from a ride. I prefer a marine grease or use a good silicone spray or chain lube can even work. Make sure to get your door latches, and the associated springs. Hinges on doors, bed, tailgate. It will help with proper function and can cut down on them rusting or corroding as well as minor rattles. Doesn't take long to go over the entire vehicle and hit ever latch.
would an underside oil spray help out with that at all?
 

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would an underside oil spray help out with that at all?
I've been more and more tempted to plasti dip the entire bottom of it. Just need to figure out the best way to flip it on its side so I can get to all the spots.
 

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I've been more and more tempted to plasti dip the entire bottom of it. Just need to figure out the best way to flip it on its side so I can get to all the spots.
You can try using a car jack to get it up on one side and go under neath.

But I would advise using a car floor jack along with jack stands.
 

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winch it up from a tree or beam in the shop
I'll admit, the mental picture of it hanging in the air like a piñata, actually made me giggle out loud. :D
 
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I came across this old thread. Change plugs twice a year!! Really?
that is funny, I just sold my '98 foreman, it had over 5000 miles on it and I think I MIGHT have changed the plug on it once, my father always said if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
 

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They are not hard on plugs. Check them once a year and carry a spare.
We did have a dealer report plugs fowling from running the machine out front of the dealership and back everyday, the short runs were the cause.
 

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In the top 10 should be clean your air cleaner every 100 miles.You can check your spark plug every year .
 

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How do I find the spark plug on the pioneer 700 in order to change it?
If you lift the rubber flap under the seat (the one to fill/check oil) and look in at the motor you will see the yellow spark plug cap (14 model year) or 2 black plug caps (15+ model years). You have to twist the cap pretty good to break the seal they make and then it will just pull off.
 
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