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The ATV Maintenance Checklist: Keeping Your Quad or Side by Side in Peak Condition
Regular ATV Tune-Ups
Just like your car or truck, your ATV also requires scheduled checkups with a competent ATV Sevice Shop. These tune-ups typically include tire inspection, oil change, spark plug and brake fluid checks, and examination of brake pads and shoes. Regular ATV tune-ups are a crucial part of your ATV maintenance checklist.
ATV tires operate at a relatively low pressure compared to cars or trucks, and if a tire loses pressure, the bead could come off the rim. Always check the tire pressure before each ride. In case of tire pressure loss during your journey, attend to it immediately with a portable tire pump. Also, while ATV tires are designed for abuse, excessive wear can lead to catastrophic failure. Always inspect your tires for bulges, leaks or cracking prior to hitting the trails. You should also check the lug nuts for the right torque level as indicated in your owner’s manual.
Regular Oil Service
The oil in your ATV’s engine traps dirt and grime, especially after you’ve had a thrilling ride on the trail. Therefore, it’s essential to check the oil every time you refuel and at least once a week. Always adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended oil type and weight, as ATV engines can be sensitive to these variables. The owner’s manual will also provide a recommended oil change schedule.
ATV adventures can loosen nuts and bolts over time. As part of your pre-ride inspection, ensure that these are tightened. A quick five-minute check can save you from potential mishaps that could damage both you and your ATV. Moreover, don’t forget to inspect the protective rubber boots around vital parts such as drive shafts and air intakes, as repairs can be expensive.
Keep It Clean
ATVs are designed for rugged adventures, but that doesn’t mean you should let mud and dirt accumulate on your machine. Regular cleaning helps prevent rust and clogging of various parts like your vents. Remember to cover sensitive areas before hosing down your ATV.
Over time, gasoline breaks down, potentially leading to clogged fuel lines, vents, and ports in your fuel injectors. To prevent such issues, treat your gas with a stabilizer before storing your ATV for an extended period. Remember to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations for octane ratings and keep your fuel system clear of water and other debris.
Check the Belt
An ATV’s belt can wear down over time, especially if you often ride hard over rough terrain or make frequent water crossings. If you notice performance issues or smell burning rubber, it’s time to check your belt. Regular checks can prevent abrupt failures and extend your belt’s lifespan.
Air Filter Maintenance
Your engine needs clean air for optimum performance. So, regularly check your air filters and intakes, especially after dusty rides or periods of inactivity, as creatures may find your air filter a suitable nesting place.
Ensure your ATV’s coolant levels are sufficient and clean before you set off on your adventure. Also, check the radiator and hoses for any signs of damage or leaks. If the coolant mixes with your oil, it can turn milky, indicating a problem that
Boots, Pivot Points, and Bearings
Regularly inspect the rubber boots protecting critical parts like the drive shaft and air intake. While doing so, it’s a good idea to grease the pivot points and bearings on your frame and suspension. This preventive measure can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Keep it in Low-Gear on Mud Runs
Driving through mud can pose a unique challenge. Switch to a low gear to avoid getting stuck and causing unnecessary strain on your ATV’s engine.
It’s essential to understand that while your ATV is a robust machine, it’s not invincible. Always ride within your skill level and avoid risky maneuvers. If you’re unsure about a particular terrain or slope, it’s better not to attempt it. Wearing protective gear is also crucial for your safety.
Don’t Drown It
It is important to be mindful that ATVs are designed to ride in shallow water levels only. Submerging your ATV in water can damage the engine and cause it to stop running. Always be aware of the depth before crossing any water bodies.
A bit of preventive maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your ATV and enhancing your riding experience. Regular checkups, timely repairs, and consistent upkeep can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches, ensuring your ATV remains a reliable companion for many years and trails to come. And finally, if you’re still searching for the perfect ATV for next adventures, or looking to upgrade your current rig, the team at Sick Cycles is ready to help.