Whether you use it for recreation, leisure or exploration, an ATV is an important investment for any outdoorsman. And, like any important investment, your ATV deserves proper protection, care and maintenance.
Preventative and regular maintenance on your ATV is a must for keeping it running strong, especially in the spring and summer when you are using it the most.
To avoid major issues and repairs for your ATV and to keep it running in tip-top shape, make these items a mandatory part of your regular ATV maintenance.
Check air filters
For the engine on any vehicle to run properly, it needs plenty of fresh air. Fresh air is sucked into the engine to help initiate the internal combustion that powers the vehicle. Your ATV’s air filter catches dirt particles to ensure they stay out of the engine. It’s important to keep your air filter clean, otherwise you can be facing some serious issues.
With all the dust and mud that you are likely kicking up during regular use, your ATV air filter can get really dirty really fast. Be sure to check your air filters regularly and especially after particularly dirty rides. If you notice excessive build up on the filter, you should replace it with a new one.
Check the tires
ATV tires are tough, but they aren’t impervious to punctures and wear. Check your tires after every ride to make sure your latest excursion hasn’t left your tires damaged. If you notice any major damage, it may be time to get new tires. Also remember, that if you aired down for the trail, to inflate them back to a regular psi.
Change the oil
Just like your car, regular oil changes are just as important for your ATV and just like it’s good practice to have your car or truck’s oil changed every 3,000 miles, ATVs can benefit from regular oil changes every five to ten hours of use. Regularly check your oil to make sure the oil pan is at the proper level and top it off if it’s low.
Check and tighten bolts
Bumpy, off-road riding is part of the fun of ATV riding. However, that bumping and shaking can sometimes knock things loose. There are lots of nuts and bolts holding your ride together that can get a little loose over time. Keep a couple torque and socket wrenches in your toolbox and check and tighten these nuts and bolts on a regular basis.