Prepping your Sea‑Doo for Summer Fun

As the weather turns warmer, our minds start to think of the Sea-Doo season ahead. Here’s your quick checklist and a few tips to get your Sea-Doo Personal Watercraft or Switch Pontoon ready for a new season.

Whether you’re a DIY-er or a “I’ll contact my dealer” kind of person, following these steps in the order they’re outlined here will protect your investment in your Sea-Doo and ensure it’s ready to perform at its best as soon as you’re ready to hit the water this season.

You can always refer to your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide to help with this process. Your local Sea-Doo dealer is also another great resource for assistance getting your Sea-Doo ready for another season.

Start with spark plugs

These should be replaced every couple of seasons to ensure you’re not stuck at the launch when the first hot day comes around. It’s a good idea to inspect or change your spark plugs as indicated in your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide. Changing them is easy or your Sea-Doo dealer can help.

  1. Access the engine compartment by removing your watercraft seat (or top if Sea-Doo Spark model) or the engine access floor tiles on your Sea-Doo Switch.
  2. Disconnect and remove ignition coils.
  3. Using a standard 5/8-inch spark plug socket, remove the plug from engine.
  4. Inspect plug for excessive wear and change if necessary.
  5. Reinstall plug (or new plug) taking care not to cross-thread upon reinstallation.
  6. Reinstall and reconnect ignition coils.

Discover how to change spark plugs on a Sea-Doo Spark 900 ACE

Be charged and ready

If you followed your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide for long-term storage at the end of last season, you likely removed your battery from the Sea-Doo. This is the time to place the battery on your battery tender and make sure it’s still ready to deliver the juice you need for a full season on the waves. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Remove the battery from your Sea-Doo by disconnecting the negative cable, followed by the positive cable.
  2. Place battery on a dry, level surface and connect to your battery charger.
  3. Most battery charges on the market will tell you if your battery is faulty. If you’re battery charges normally, you can reinstall once fully charged. If not, it’s time for a new one. Your local Sea-Doo dealer can help!

*TIP: Never charge or boost the battery while installed in the Sea-Doo*

Inspect sacrificial anode

The sacrificial anode on your Sea-Doo is a wear item that – as its name implies – is meant to be replaced periodically to avoid any potentially serious damage. A quick visual inspection is all it takes. If your anode is worn more than halfway, it’s time for replacement. Your local Sea-Doo dealer can help you if you’re unsure if it’s time for replacement.

Inspect wear rings and impeller

This is another quick visual check for any abnormal or excessive wear. Inspect both for any signs of deep scratches, nicks or unusual grooves. If you see any signs of water intrusion in the engine compartment, that’s a telltale sign you should contact your local Sea-Doo dealer for further assessment and service.

Replace Engine Oil and Filter

This is another item your Sea-Doo dealer can help you with, but if you’re a DIY-er, you’ll want to check out the XPS oil change kits available through your dealer or our online store. Everything you need for a complete oil change can be shipped to your front door in one box.

Replacing your engine oil and filter is simple. You’ll need the correct XPS oil change kit for your engine (contains oil, filter and O-ring), an oil pump or fluid transfer pump to extract old oil (available at most hardware stores), socket or wrench to remove oil filter cap, shop rags to clean up any drips or spills and a container large enough to hold the old oil (about 3 quarts).

  1. Warm the Sea-Doo up by running for 20-30 seconds to move oil through the engine. Instructions for the warmup process can be found in your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide.
  2. With access to your Sea-Doo engine, remove oil fill cap and oil dipstick (may vary depending on model. Consult your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide.).
  3. Remove old oil by inserting oil/transfer pump hose into the oil dipstick location until it stops at the bottom of the crank case.
  4. Suck old oil out with the pump.
  5. Remove engine filter cap and old oil filter. Have a rag handy to keep dripping in the engine bay to a minimum.
  6. Replace oil filter cap O-ring with new one from the oil change kit.
  7. Seat the new oil filter into the oil filter cap or into the oil filter compartment (varies by model, consult your Operator's Guide or Sea-Doo dealer).
  8. Replace cap onto filter compartment and tighter bolts to secure in place.
  9. Fill engine with fresh oil from the oil change kit, double check oil level for proper level with your dipstick.

Wash, Shine, Protect

Start turning heads with that showroom shine as soon as you’re on the water! XPS Wash & Wax is a one-step formula that will remove the dust, dirt and grime from your Sea-Doo that may have built up during storage. It also leaves all your Sea-Doo surfaces looking like new with a high-gloss finish.

The start of a new season is also the perfect time to protect your Sea-Doo surfaces with XPS Vinyl & Plastic UV Protectant. It keeps the suns harmful UV rays at bay and helps prevent cracking and fading.

Pre-Ride Routine

In order to ensure that first ride of the season goes just like you dreamed it would, take a refresher run through the pre-ride checklist provided in your Sea-Doo Operator's Guide. And get ready to live another season filled with the Sea-Doo Life!

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