Can-Am Maverick X3 Lubricants, Liquids, And Grease
Jan 26th 2020
Keeping your Can-Am Maverick X3 nice and lubed up is an important factor in maintaining a reliabally functional machine. Most people recognize the need to consistently grease their wheel bearings, but things like driveshafts, heim joints, and zerks also require a good amount of grease to work properly. And where lubrication is concerned, running the right oil in your machine is also crucial. So how does one keep their UTV adequately lubed up with the right Can-Am Maverick X3 fluids, oil, and grease?
Oiling Up The Can-Am Maverick X3
10w-40 is the recommended grade of oil for the Can-Am Maverick X3. However full synthetic oils like the Redline 5W-40 Full Synthetic, Rotella T6 5w-40, or Mobil1 0w-40 are also great for the engine in the X3, X3 Max, and X3 DS Turbo R. Changing the oil every 1000 miles or so is a common practice, and when coupled with routine maintenance, will greatly extend the life of your machine.
Some riders have managed to get lifetime free oil changes from their dealerships as a sweetener for purchasing their X3 locally. But even if you’ve gotta shell out a little coin for an oil change or oil change kit, it’s well worth it in the long run to preserve your X3’s engine, differentials, and transmission.
As far as front differential oil goes, the owner’s manual says to run 75-90. However, if you have a 2020 XMR Turbo RR or another X3 edition with smart locking differentials, 75-140 oil is suggested for best results.
When the X3s first hit the scene, a lot of people found unexplained traces of oil on either their machine or garage floor. It turned out that much of this is due to oil being spilled when the UTV was filled up at the dealership or factory floor. This isn’t always the case, however, so if you see any oil leaking from your Maverick, keep a close eye on it. Some X3 owners have told us that their machines leaked at the prop shaft coming out of the tranny. Coolant pumps are also known to leak every now and then, but you can easily check near the starter bolt (case sealant) for any visible failures in the coolant pump.
If you take your X3 in to have an expert look at it, make sure you are very clear and communicate your expectations to whatever services department touches it. That whole wait and see if it does it again is BS and shouldn’t be tolerated!
Greasing Up The Can-Am Maverick X3
Everyday greasing in things like the wheel bearings and zerks are commonplace and required regularly to prevent wear. Regardless of whether you bought your machine used or straight from the factory, you’re still gong to want to make sure the bearings are greased up before your first outing. Over-the-axle wheel bearing grease tools can be purchased for under $50, and with Can-Am Maverick tools such as these, you do not need to remove the axle or carrier assembly to grease your vehicle's bearings.
Heim joints, CV joints, and sway bar bushings can also be greased if your machine is creaky and you’re looking for a solution to make it ride more smoothly and with less noise. Aftermarket accessories such as SuperATV's sway bar links can help in this regard, but if the noise stems from your radius arm joints, a little Kroil oil should do the trick. It doesn't attract dirt or dust, and keeps your side-by-side joints moving freely. If you’ve just washed your bike, some WD-40 can also work, albeit for not as long.
Strange noises are also commonly found in the driveshafts of the X3. Unlike other Can-Am UTVs with grease points on the joints, the X3's driveshaft is slightly different. If you want to grease up the driveshaft, we’d suggest marking the shaft points with a paint pen. You can then unbolt the front shaft and pull the side panels to access the carrier bearing. Mark those shafts and then unbolt the carrier bearing so the drive shaft can move forward. Get yourself some heavy tractor grease, grease it up, then put everything back together based on your previous markings — you shouldn’t hear any strange driveshaft noises after that.
Other Can-Am Maverick X3 Fluids
Liquids like windshield wiper fluid may be important for mud riders with full windshields, but without things like cooling fluid, your machine will surely overheat. So in addition to grease, oil, and other lubricants, ensuring that your fluid levels are full is another important measure to take before any ride.