Routine Maintenance Tips for Your ATV
When you purchase an ATV or any powersports vehicle, you are making a significantly large purchase. So it’s safe to say we all want to get our money’s worth, keep the value, and have it for a very long time. We put together a short list of tips on how to extend the life of your ATV with just some simple and routine maintenance.
- Change & Check The Oil
The good news is that this step is simple and can be done quickly. It’s so important that you are routinely changing and checking your oil, as it can save you from having costly repairs in the future. The best advice is to follow the owner’s manual for the recommended oil weight and type.
Changing your oil should be inexpensive, easy, and routine. You can also find in your owner’s manual the recommended schedule of when you should be changing and checking you oil. Taking care of this ensures that your ATV will be running smoothly and at its best!
- Clean Your Air Filter
This is so IMPORTANT, because having a dirty filter affects your engine, which could lead to some very EXPENSIVE parts. Your ATV’s performance and longevity of life is so dependent on having good, clean air.
It’s important to get in the habit of checking your air filter often, especially after long, dusty, and dirty rides. Your ATV and your bank account will thank you!
- Check The Coolant
Taking care of your coolant is another simple and quick task that could cost you a pretty penny if not done regularly. Check your coolant levels before you go on a ride, and make sure you give your radiator and hoses a quick check as well. You should be looking for signs of dirt and overheating in the coolant, which you can determine by change in color, smell, or cleanliness of the coolant.
- Check Parts, Tires, And Belts
Once again with any powersports vehicle, ATVs included, you should always be checking the parts, tires, and belts if you want them to have a long lifespan. Your tires should always have the correct amount of pressure in them to avoid running into problems or flats on the trail, which can then lead to some expensive repairs – or unnecessary ones.
Also check the bolts, boots, and nuts. You want to make sure everything is in the proper place and screwed on tightly.
Lastly, check the drive Belt, most the time though you can tell that this is being worn down by the way your ATV feels when you drive it. If you start to notice it not running smoothly, that may be the cause of the problem
- Keep It Clean
And for our last tip on how to maintain your ATV to get the most life out of it, KEEP IT CLEAN. It’s obviously very easy for these machines to get dirty and muddy, but always make sure to hose them off after a ride. The dirt can begin to settle into parts and can also start to create rust. As cool as the dirt may look, it’s important to keep these bad boys clean.