If you will not operate your Slingshot for a period of 60 days or more — like the winter — proper storage will help prevent damage to the fuel system, electrical system, engine, suspensions, tires and body. During extended storage periods, maintain tire pressure and battery voltage at the recommended levels.
- Choose a dry, well-ventilated storage location away from direct sunlight, preferably a garage or similar structure. The structure should have a firm, flat, clean surface free of oil and gasoline. The structure also should have a relatively constant and moderate temperature.
- Proper storage starts with cleaning, washing and waxing the hood, chassis, upholstery and plastic parts. Be sure that corrosive salt and acids are removed from surfaces before beginning preservation with waxes and rust inhibitors like grease, oil or paint. Clean and touch up with paint any rusted or previously painted surfaces.
- Apply a light coat of oil or grease to all bushings, spindle shafts and tie rod ends.
- Change the engine oil. Start the engine and allow it to idle just long enough to circulate the new oil throughout the engine.
- Fog the engine using the recommended aerosol fogging oil available from your Slingshot Dealer. Follow the instructions on the container.
- Treat the fuel system with a fuel stabilizer. If a fuel stabilizer is not used, the fuel tank, fuel lines and fuel rail should be completely drained of gasoline.
- Remove the spark plugs. Spray a light amount of engine fogging oil into each cylinder to prevent rust. Reinstall the plugs.
- Make sure the coolant quality and level in the system is adequate for freeze protection during storage.
- Apply a metal protectant to shock absorber shafts or any exposed metal to prevent corrosion.
- Separate electrical connector blocks and clean corrosive buildup from connectors. Replace worn or frayed electrical wire and connectors.
- Prepare the battery for storage.
- Verify that tire pressure is at specification.
- Cover intake and exhaust openings to prevent small animals from entering.
- Elevate the vehicle using the appropriate jack stands. Remove the wheels to prevent flat spots on the tires.
- Do not engage the park brake. If engaged, the brake pads may stick to the discs.
- Cover the vehicle with a fabric cover. Do not use plastic or vinyl covers, which trap moisture and encourage rust and corrosion.
- Remove the battery.
- Clean the battery terminals first with a wire brush to remove any loose deposits.
- Wash the posts and the ends of the battery cables with a solution of one part baking soda to 16 parts water. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
- Apply a thin film of dielectric grease to the posts and cable connectors.
- Clean the outside of the battery with a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
- Store the battery in a dry area with a temperature of 32 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (0-32 C).
- While in storage, fully charge the battery once a month.
Removal From Storage
- Remove the fabric cover.
- Remove intake and exhaust opening covers (if covered for storage).
- Install the tires. Lower the vehicle and remove the jack stands.
- Verify that tire pressure is at specification. Refer to safety labels on the vehicle or to the specifications section of your Owner's Manual.
- Install the battery and perform an electrical inspection.
- Inspect the spark plugs. Install new spark plugs if necessary.
- If the vehicle was stored in an area subject to wide swings in temperature and humidity (such as outdoors), change the engine oil before starting the engine.
During storage, temperature and humidity changes can cause condensation to form in the crankcase and mix with engine oil. Running the engine with oil that contains condensation can cause engine damage.
- Inspect the storage area for signs of fluid leaks. Identify and preform service to any leaking components.
- Wash and polish the vehicle. Wax, polish or apply protectant to appropriate components.
- Perform the pre-ride inspection, as detailed in your Owner's Manual.
- Check any fluid levels not included in the pre-ride inspection.
Detailed maintenance procedures can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.
For more information, see your authorized Slingshot Dealer. Find a dealer near you through the Dealer Locator.