Just like with any vehicle, if you hope to keep it running for years to come, then you’re going to have to take care of it. Failing to keep up the common maintenance for your ATV will lead to breakdowns and expensive repairs, which you can avoid with the right steps and proper precautions. Maintain your ATV because if you’re unlucky enough, then it might fail when you’re in the middle of using it.
Check the Oil
It can be easy to forget that your ATV is a vehicle, just like any other mode of transportation. And because it is a vehicle, you need to perform regular oil changes. Changing your ATV’s oil is a simple and inexpensive process; however, neglecting to do so can mean engine failure and far more costly problems to fix.
Have the Right Oil
Different ATV engines may need different types of oil to function correctly; it is not necessarily a one size fits all scenario. Check your owner’s manual to make sure that you are purchasing the right oil for your engine. Consistently getting the wrong oil may cause some engine problems later down the line.
Maintain the Tires
Your tires are going to be an ordeal unto themselves. They take a lot of abuse while you’re out riding and can be prone to issues even in the best of times. But the first steps to taking care of your tires include keeping them filled with the right amount of air. Having too much air in your tires can increase the risk of a blowout, while too little can damage internal components.
One of the most notable side-effects of faulty tires is a reduced ability to handle your ATV. Problems can range from loss of traction due to worn-out treads or can be just one sign of your wheel bearings deteriorating. Be prepared to replace your tires when the need arises to avoid driving mishaps.
Keep it Clean
One of the most obvious yet essential maintenance tips for your ATV is to keep it clean. Leaving mud caked on for too long can hurt your ATV in several ways; some of the more note-worthy damage includes:
- Damage to your engine
- Rusting of metal components
- Clogging of vents
- Damage to air filters
Make Washing a Habit
The only way to combat this is to wash your machine after you’re done using it. Clean it thoroughly, and do not wait several days to start cleaning, even if you plan on using it several days in a row.
Maintain It Now, Enjoy It Later
After a day of riding on your ATV, you may feel too tired to perform the necessary maintenance, whether it’s cleaning off mud or inspecting tires. But doing those meticulous inspections will mean the difference between having to replace your ATV after three years or after eight years.