The Basics of ATV Maintenance

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Riding an ATV is something that intrigues a lot of people. Rugged and versatile, it is the type of vehicle that you can ride on just about anywhere. Capable of taking on just about any terrain and compact enough to maneuver even on the tightest of spaces, these are becoming popular both for people who need transportation for rough terrains and those who want to have that strong shot of adrenaline rush. That said, owning an ATV means you’ve got to take care of it too. In this article, you are going to learn some basics of ATV maintenance.

What you may ask yourself in the beginning is, why is this topic very important to discuss? It is actually a very important thing to discuss because, just like any machine, ATVs need their share of maintenance. Proper ATV maintenance can make the difference between life and death. Because just like in any vehicle, the last thing you want is your ATV failing you while you are on a ride, leading you to an accident or at least a bout of inconvenience.

The first fundamental skill in maintaining your ATV is checking your tires. After all, this may sound very simple enough because like just about any vehicle, from bicycles to trucks, tire conditioning can dictate so much. You’ve got to check properly tire pressure because too much or too little pressure could unsettle the handling and carrying characteristics of your ride. Another important thing to check on tires is the amount of thread remaining. It’s the thread that is responsible for providing most of the tire’s grip, especially when riding in wet and/or rough surfaces. When necessary, you must replace your tires.

Another fundamental skill that’s needed to be mastered for proper ATV maintenance is checking the fluids of the vehicle. This may sound simple enough, but this is often overlooked by most ATV owners. The levels of both motor oil and fuel need to be checked time and again, as well as radiator water and brake fluid. Check the fluid lines as well if there are any evidence of potential leaks or clogs. When spotted, try and seal it off immediately. Periodically, fluids need to be flushed and changed as they tend to be impure and stagnant over time. Keeping these fluids in right order can go a long way in ensuring that your ATV will run smoothly.

Lastly, check that battery. The battery, when not in proper condition, would lead to the ATV not starting at all and may even cause some of the electrical components of your ATV to fail. Different types of batteries have different specifications on how they should be maintained. Better check the maintenance steps for your battery and make sure to follow the specifications.

When you look at it, ATV maintenance is not all that hard to do. In fact, it can be argued that maintaining them is simpler compared to other machines. However, you’ve got to put those steps into action. Your safety and your ATV’s durability are on the line.

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