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Simplified Honda Talon / Honda Pioneer Maintenance Schedules For Everyday Use

May 30th 2022

Oil is cheap compared to mechanical failures in the Honda Talon or Honda Pioneer, so changing it, as well as the other lubricants, filters, and wear items in your vehicle, earlier than necessary is a precaution that many riders take. While those who use their UTVs casually in dry, non-dusty, climates may be fine sticking to the maintenance schedule outlined in the owner's manual, if you ride in mud, sand, or dust, you'll want to change things like your differential oil, your sub transmission oil, and your motor oil every 500 - 600 miles. As far as inspection intervals are concerned, those as well as the suggested maintenance periods for Honda side-by-sides are as follows:

Honda Pioneer Maintenance Schedule

Service the listed items at the indicated distance (or time, if given)Initial MaintenanceMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval Miles / KMMaintenance Interval Date
Check engine oil
Check oil and coolant at every fuel stop
Check tires

Check inflation and condition once a month

Check side net and snap hooks100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours100600 miles / 1,000 km
Check brake fluid
Check fluid level once a month
Replace engine oil and oil filter

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

2001,200 miles / 2,000 km
Check sub-transmission oil

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

2001,200 miles / 2,000 km
Replace sub-transmission oil

Every 2 years regardless of mileage
Replace DCT oil filter100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours400

2,400 miles / 4,000 km

Inspect valve clearance100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours3001,800 miles / 3,000 km
Clean spark arrester100600 miles / 1,000 km
Replace air cleaner element6003,600 miles / 6,000 km
Clean sub air cleaner element3001,800 miles / 3,000 km

Check spark plugs

2001,200 miles / 2,000 km

Inspect idle speed

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

3001,800 miles / 3,000 km

Check fuel lines and connections

3001,800 miles / 3,000 km

Check front and rear brakes

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

300

1,800 miles / 3,000 km

Check front and rear final gear oil

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

300

1,800 miles / 3,000 km

Lubricate all hinges, latches, and pivots

300

1,800 miles / 3,000 km

Inspect the following items:


Suspension components
Wheels
Drive shaft boots
Accelerator pedal and brake petal
Brake light switch
Exhaust system
Battery terminal condition

300

1,800 miles / 3,000 km

Check parking lock system adjustment

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

6003,600 miles / 6,000 km

check shift lever adjustment

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

600

3,600 miles / 6,000 km

Inspect the following items:


tie-rod ends
Steering gear box and boots
Brake hoses and lines
SxS underbody

6003,600 miles / 6,000 km
Replace the following items:

Front and rear final gear oil
Engine coolant
Brake fluid

Every 2 years regardless of mileage

Honda Talon Maintenance Schedule

Service the listed items at the indicated distance (or time, if given)Initial MaintenanceMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval Miles / KMMaintenance Interval Date
Check engine oilCheck oil and coolant at every fuel stop
Check tiresCheck inflation and condition once a month
Check side net and mounting hardware

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

100600 miles / 1,000 km
Check brake fluidCheck fluid level once a month
Replace engine oil and oil filter

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

2001,200 miles/  2,000 km
Check sub-transmission oil

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

2001,200 miles / 2,000 km
Replace sub-transmission oilEvery 2 years regardless of mileage
Replace DCT oil filter

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

4002,400 miles / 4,000 km
Inspect valve clearance

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

Clean spark arrester100600 miles / 1,000 km
Replace air cleaner element

100

600 miles / 1,000 km
Check air cleaner housing drain tube100600 miles / 1,000 km
Check spark plugs2001,200 miles / 2,000 km
Inspect idle speed

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

3001,8000 miles / 3,000 km
Check fuel lines and connections300
Check front and rear brakes

100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours

1,800 miles / 3,000 km
100 miles, 150 km, 20 HoursReplace front and rear final gear oil3001,800 miles / 3,000 km
Notes:
  1. Inspect valve clearance ass needed or if engine is noisy.
  2. Service more frequently when operating in dusty areas, sand, or snow.
  3. Service more frequently when operated in muddy conditions.
  4. Check the underbody whenever the under guard has been hit.

Other Thoughts On Upkeep, Maintenance, And Servicing

While the above inspection and servicing schedule is helpful as a general guideline, as we stated before, it will vary based on how you ride and where you ride. Furthermore, it might also be slightly different depending on your vehicle year, model and edition. Some discrepancies might exist between the P500, the P700, and the P1000 for Honda Pioneer owners, and the same goes for the Honda Talon 1000R and Honda Talon 1000X. One of the biggest problems we see with Honda Pioneer 700 owners is them waiting too long to change their oil. Add riding wide-open at top speed down asphalt, and if your oil is old, low, or contaminated, everything from clutches to cams will take a beating.

To preserve the life of your P700 engine, don’t let it idle for long periods of time, as the low amount of oil pressure that reaches the top end can wipe out the cam. Blow-by is also common in some Honda UTVs, so make sure that you check your air filter often, and replace / wash it as needed. Otherwise, the resulting wear in the piston rings, pistons, and cylinder walls will cause cylinder pressure to leak out into the crankcase.

Cold weather can also affect the maintenance schedule, and you’ll notice that it shifts terribly and even slips if the oil is old in cold weather. So while you shouldn’t let it idle for long, letting the oil warm up for 5 minutes or so before moving will ensure that the transmission doesn’t slip.