Hydrobike Service and Maintenance Tips
The EXPLORER requires very little maintenance.
There are only a few things you need to do:
Once A Day Saltwater
After using the Hydrobike EXPLORER in saltwater, be sure to wash the floats and frame with soap and water, or at least hose the EXPLORER down with water. Also, re-lubricate the chain with non-toxic USDA approved lubricant to preserve the environment. This is the same lubricant used inside the drive train and to lubricate the friction-lock (do not use petroleum based lubricants; they can deteriorate the friction lock and cause need to replace). This lubricant can be purchased from your local FunWatercraft Products distributor. See replacement parts list on the back of the manual for part number.
Once a Week During Use
Lubricate the corrosion-resistant chain with the same lubricant as above. This makes the chain quieter and more efficient.
If the drive train seems to stiff when moving up and down, lubricate the friction lock with 2-4 drops of this approved lubricant, as needed. Excess lubrication of the friction-lock will reduce the friction-lock's ability to provide reverse thrust capability.
With repeated use or in rental situations, lubricate the seat post with 1-2 drops of this lubricant.
Once a Year - Winterize
Change the drive train lubricant, as described in the owners manual. FunWatercraft Products drive train lubricant is the same USDA approved lubricant as above lubricant. Your drive train lubricant kit comes with replacement drain plug seals and an easy to use funnel-top bottle. Failure to use this type ecologically safe, high pressure, non-toxic, commercial grade lubricant or an equivalent will void the one (1) year drive train warranty.
Cleaning the EXPLORER
You may clean the floats and bike frame with soap and water.
Do not wax the floats. This will make the tops of the floats slippery and could cause injury from falling.
Do not oil, lubricate, or grease the steering bushings. This will attract sand/dirt or debris that will cause abrasion and reduce the life of the bushing. This nylon bushing is blended with PTFE and requires no lubrication.
Drive Train Lubrication - Annually
It's recommended that you annually replace/refresh the drive train lubrication. If the drive train is not lubricated annually, water replaces the drive train oil, which causes the drive train to seize up and ultimately fail. Remedy: check oil for water or evidence that prop seals have failed two or three times annually in areas where fishing line could be present and change oil annually. This tip could be worth at least $700, the cost of replacing the Drive Unit. Below are pictures of a drvie train that has been lubricated properly and one that has not been lubricated properly.
We do have oil kits available for this purpose.