Here are a few reminders of things you may need to do before the up and coming season:
1. Make sure you have renewed you license and PG license if required.
2. Make sure you have renewed your memberships.
3. Make sure you have read the Blue Year Book and Gold Book, checking for any changes to the general karting regulations and any specific regulations to your class.
4. Make sure you have read the club regulations, completed, signed and returned any documentation required to race in the championship.
5. Check the regulations for your helmet, check to see if it is approved for karting or if it is still a valid type of helmet.
6. Check your helmet for the following:
Helmet straps are not fraying and if equipped with a locking mechanism, this works correctly.
The inside of the helmet is in good condition.
The outside of helmet is in good clean condition and does not have any deep stone chips.
The visor is clean and secure.
If you have a new helmet you will need to have it inspected by the MSA Scrutineer and certified for racing.
7. Your race suit is approved for karting, it fits well and is the correct size, it is in good condition and the zip and velcro straps work well.
8. Check your boots fit and that they are in good condition, include laces and check there are no holes in the soles or toes.
9. Check your neck brace fits and is in good condition.
10. Check your gloves fit and are in good condition.
Over the winter months your kart should have been stripped down and thoroughly inspected for cracks on the chassis and general wear and tear on all components.
Before the start of the season you should be carrying out the following checks:
1. Brake and accelerator pedals are working correctly and do not have excessive side to side movement , check that return springs are installed and operating correctly.
2. Check the floor tray and fuel tank are securely installed and all bolts are tight and not worn down.
3. Check all steering rose joints and the uniball (at bottom of steering column) are free moving and do not have excessive movement.
4. Check the Front Hub/Front wheels spin freely and the bearings are not noisy. If they are then you will need to replace them.
5. No excessive movement in the front king pin bearings.
6. Check the steering is straight and free moving with no abnormal noises or excessive play.
7. Check the Locking ring is installed on the steering column.
8. Check that the seat is installed correctly, is tight on its fixing mounts and that it is in good condition. Also check you still fit in it.
9. Check all bodywork is fitted correctly and is secure.
10. Check the Wiring loom, fuel lines and throttle cable are in good condition and are securely attached.
11. Check your battery is in good condition and is secure and charged prior to your first race. Rotax batteries normally last around 2 years before they start to fail. If in doubt get it tested by a motorcycle shop.
12. Check your Rear axle bearings are in good condition. Remove the chain and spin the axle by hand. If the bearings are noisy you will need to replace them.
13. Check the rear axle is in good clean condition, not bent or corroded. If it is corroded and you need to change it during a race meeting, it will prove difficult to remove.
14. Check the brake disc protector shoe is an approved type and is in good condition(has life left in it before it goes down to the metal support).
15. If using Chassis protectors, check they are approved type, are installed correctly and replace any ground down bolts as required.
16. Check the exhaust is correctly installed and is secure.
17. Check the rear bumper is in good condition, all chassis mounts are in good condition and there are no serious bends or cracks visible in it. Make sure the bumper is properly fitted.
18. Check the condition of the entire brake system.
These checks include:
The brake disc is in good condition with no major chips or cracks in it and that it is not worn out.
The brake pads for wear and that they are installed and secured correctly, replace as needed.
The brake lines are fitted correctly, not damaged and not leaking
The brake caliper is working correctly, free from leaks and is installed correctly
The brake master cylinder is free from leaks and working correctly.
The brake fluid level is correct and has the correct fluid type in (Be aware, you must use the corrcet fluid specified for you brake system for it to work correctly).
All brake linkages are secure and function properly.
The backup safety cable is installed and operates correctly.
The brake system is clean and free from dirt.
The brake system is adjusted correctly (depending on type).
19. Check all nuts and bolts for wear and that they are tight.
20. Drain out all old fuel from the carburetor and fuel tank.
21. Check your tyres and wheels are in good condition. Remember to check your wet tyres too.
22. It may be prudent to replace your Chain and sprocket (A normal non ‘0’ ring chain, with correct maintenance and no damage may last around half a season).
23. Your engine should be maintained as per the manufacturers hand book and should include: Oil changes, carburetor checks, spark plug replacement, coolant checks, rebuilds etc.
24. Make sure you have sufficient spare parts of basic components and consumables as these may not be available at the track.
25. Check your race numbers are of the correct approved type (That they are the correct colours - including the background and are the right size.