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Simplified Can-Am Maintenance Schedules For Everyday Use

May 30th 2022

Some riders follow the 50 hr / 500 mile rule when inspecting and servicing their Can-Am side-by-sides, while others go by the book and change their fluids after 200 hours or 2,000 miles -- whichever comes first -- for mild riding, and 100 hours or 1,000 miles -- again, whichever comes first -- for severe usage. If you ask us, we see nothing wrong with doing some pre-ride / post-ride inspections before or after every outing. After all, why wait till something goes bad before fixing it, and why risk it with a high-ticket item like a sport or utility side-by-side. Some items on the Can-Am UTV maintenance checklist, however, are more difficult to check than others. So if everything feels right, sounds right, and rides right, you may choose to forego inspections until the suggested time / distance interval arises -- especially if your vehicle is primarily used for on-road applications.

While there's no substitution for an owners manual or servicing booklet that's tailor-designed for the exact year, model, edition, and trim style of your particular machine, below are some rough guidelines that you can use to maintain and preserve your buggy to keep it healthy. In some cases, break-in inspections / fluid changes may be required, and if you do your own upkeep and aren't 100% sure you're doing things right, stay vigilant while riding thereafter pick up on any potential irregularities. If, on the other hand, you take your rig to the dealership for servicing, be prepared for some sticker shock! Most things regarding maintenance can be done at home with basic tools. And with the right parts from a trusted retailer specialized in Can-Am side-by-sides, you'll have everything at your disposal to service your own machine for pennies on the dollar!

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Defender

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Defender

Make sure to perform proper maintenance at recommended intervals as indicated in the owner's manual. Some items of the maintenance schedule must be performed as a function of the calendar, regardless of the distance or time of operation.

Normal use = operation in trail riding conditions

Severe use = operation in severe riding conditions (dusty or muddy) or carrying heavy loads

PartMaintenance Interval Hours (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Needed
Air Filter100 /506 Months1,000 / 500Inspect and clean engine air filter; Replace as needed (Yearly, 200 hrs, 2,000 miles)
Battery200 / 100Yearly2,000 / 1,000Inspect battery condition and connections
Brake Pads200 /100Monthly2,000 / 1,000Inspect and replace if worn
Clutch200 /100Yearly2,000 /1,000Inspect, clean, and lubricate
Drive Belt
200Yearly2,000Check for damage and replace as needed
Engine Oil & Filter
200 / 100Yearly2,000 / 1,000Change oil & filter (perform break-in oil change 
Front Differential Oil200Yearly2,000Inspect front differential oil level and look for contamination / overall condition (vents, mounts bolt torque, seals); Replace at first 1,000 and 2,000, then follow regular schedule
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Oil100 / 501,000 / 500Inspect gearbox oil level, check for contamination, and refill as needed (replace gearbox oil at 2,000 miles)
Tie Rods100 / 501,000 / 50Inspect tie rod ends and ball joints for play and boots condition
Wheel Bearings200 / 100Yearly2,000 / 1,000Inspect wheel bearings for abnormal play
Spark Plugs4002 Years4,000Replace spark plugs (check periodically)
Radiator Coolant5 Years8,000Replace coolant (check before every ride)

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Commander

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Commander

PartMaintenance Interval Hours (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Needed
Air Filter200Yearly2,000Change air filter (check and change sooner if riding in dusty conditions)
Battery
2006 Months2,000Inspect, clean, and apply petroleum jelly in wet environments
Brake Pads200Yearly2,000Inspect pads & replace if heavily worn
Gearbox Oil4002 Years4,000Replace at 2,000 and 4,000 miles, then revert to regular schedule (1,000 and 3,000 for severe use)
Engine Oil & Filter
200Yearly2,000Change oil and filter
Wheel Bearings200 / 100Yearly2,000 / 1,000Inspect for abnormal play and grease if non-sealed
Spark Plugs4002 Years4,000Inspect and change spark plugs
Front Differential Oil200Yearly2,000Check and top up if needed; Replace at 400 hrs or 4,000 miles
Rear Final Drive Oil200Yearly2,000Inspect and fill if needed; Replace at 400 hrs or 4,000 miles
Radiator CoolantEvery 5 Years8,000Replace coolant (check reservoirs pre-ride)

CVT

200Yearly2,000Inspect, clean, and lubricate

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Maverick

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Maverick

PartMaintenance Interval Hours (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Needed
Air Filter100Yearly2,000Change air filter (check and change sooner if riding in dusty conditions)
Battery2006 Months2,000Check terminals and clean battery, posts, and casing with a mixture of baking soda and water
Brake Pads
100Yearly2,000Inspect pads & replace if heavily worn (also check brake fluids and overall brake cleanliness; clean if needed)
Gearbox Oil400 / 2002 Years4,000 / 3,000Replace at 2,000 and 4,000 miles, then revert to regular schedule (1,000 and 3,000 for severe use)
Engine Oil & Filter
100Yearly2,000 / 1,500Change oil and oil filter
Wheel Bearings200 / 100Yearly2,000 / 1,000Lift vehicle, inspect for abnormal play and grease if non-sealed
Spark Plugs2002 Years4,000Inspect and change spark plugs (clean spark plugs and cylinder head with pressurized air before installation)
Front Differential Oil100Yearly2,000Check and top up if needed; Replace at 200 hrs or 4,000 miles
Radiator CoolantEvery 5 Years8,000Replace coolant (check reservoirs pre-ride)

CVT

100Yearly2,000Inspect, clean, lubricate, replace parts as needed
Radiator CoolantEvery 5 Years8,000Replace coolant (check before every ride)

Conclusion

While there's no replacement for an owner's guidebook, a shop manual, or a servicing booklet, the rough guidelines above should give you an idea for the timeframes you're looking at vis-a-vis service your Can-Am 4x4. There's also no replacement for pre-ride and post-ride inspections, as there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- of variables that can and do come into play. Of course different driving styles, weather conditions,  and terrain conditions will all affect a UTV differently, but each edition and trim style of each Can-Am side-by-side model will also have their own idiosyncrasies. Additionally, the elevation at which one rides, the salt levels in the air, and the acidity of the soil will also alter / shift the advised servicing schedule for your rig. And because every case is different, nothing is completely set in stone. All else being equal, however, if you err on the side of caution, you might pay more for maintenance in the short term, but you'll be saving big time in the long run with a bike that just refuses to quit!