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Winter component checks for your scooter

January 12th, 2010

Winter is a time for us to catch up on all those little jobs that we keep putting to one side, making those small routine service checks will hopefully prevent costly repairs in the long run. Here are a few reminders from the grease monkeys at Adrenalin who have kindly taken the time to put down the spanners and put pen to paper:

TRANSMISSION: When was the last time you changed your drive belt or oil pump belt (if your model has one)? Can’t remember? Well a badly worn belt can take as much has 10mph off your top speed and if it snaps you’re well and truly stuck. We stock a wide range of drive belts from standard to racing, all priced well which should help.

When was the last time you changed your rollers? Again they don’t cost a lot but they could save you pounds on fuel, after all they don’t last forever. Once they show flat areas it’s all over and if they wear right down they could damage your variator. If this happens, or when you’ve come to change your rollers and a groove is found on the pulley half, all is not lost because again we offer some truly great deals on variators and rollers.

CARBURETION: Another overlooked service item is the panel air filter, when was it last cleaned or better still replaced? With the new Polini air filters now in stock for the OE air box there is no excuse, it’s like giving your scooter a packet of tunes, loads better with an increased air flow over the stock foam. Low prices help too, it saves you washing your old one in the tub and getting a beating from your mum because her smalls smell of petrol!

ELECTRICS: The easiest thing in the world to do is change a spark plug unless you’ve got a Vespa ET4 in which case you need a dollies hand on a stick. Spark plugs are easily affected in damp weather as well as the HT lead and plug cap, a giveaway may be poor starting or fuel economy or maybe even the odd kangaroo jump. We find NGK to be the most reliable.

LUBRICATION & COOLING: Gear oil and coolant shouldn’t be forgotten, out of sight out of mind seems to be the norm but just imagine what the cost could be if your gearbox had no oil? It would probably end up with new engine casings costing an arm and a leg instead of spending just a few quid. Did you put water in your radiator? If you did then some changes are needed, true coolant is essential whether it be summer or winter. Running pure water will potentially freeze and could crack your radiator or even your cylinder. Being prepared is the best way to stay on the road. Have a look at our oil and care products.

TYRES: Check your tyre pressures weekly and their condition, look for cuts or deterioration to the wall and if in doubt replace them, good stocks of IRC brand are always available and offer great performance at a great price.

BRAKES: Once the going part is sorted what about stopping? Check your brake pads or shoes for wear and tear. Pads can often come away from the backing, this can result in the pad falling off or breaking up which could score the disc so be warned. Check the disc for signs of wear making sure that all bolts on the disc and calliper aren’t loose. While you’re at it, you could also check all the lights are working and the horn is ok.

EXHAUST: Protecting your exhaust with some heat resistant paint will not only prolong your investment’s life but will also make it look smart. We recommend two to three coats of paint (Black or Silver) then let it cure before running the engine. Chrome and other metals can be protected with WD40, this is amazing stuff it protects metals, keeps water out of electrics and removes marks off your bodywork. It can even get chewing gum out of carpets, honestly it’s great.