I have an older Honda Foreman that I put a plow on this year to help with the new, very long driveway. Got it out last night to take care of this weekend's snowfall and had several issues. Granted, most of this was my own fault because I had put the atv under my deck and over the course of the freeze/thaw this weekend, water dripped down onto the controls and then froze up. But, my key would not turn, my start button would not push, the brake levers would not pull, and the reverse button (on left brake lever) would not push down. I was able to take a hair dryer out and thaw everything to working temperatures, but halfway in between, things were sticking up pretty good. Even my plow/winch switch was sticking on me. I imagine I still have some water in there that I need to get out.
But, my question is - is there something I can spray everything down with to keep this from happening again? A shot of WD40 in all the switches perhaps? A shot of lock de-icer in the ignition switch perhaps (does this stuff last over time?)? I left the atv in the garage over night with the heater on hoping that it will dry everything out, but my hope would be to leave the atv outside with a cover on it all the time and just be able to go out and fire it up and go. Is this wishful thinking? Or are there various lubes I can use to make this reality?
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.