Time to Tune Up Your ATV
The snow has melted and the ground is thawing, and the ol'
plantation's going to need some maintenance. But before you hop on your trusty
ATV to survey the situation, you'll need to perform some maintenance on the vehicle
itself. Note: How often you should perform maintenance varies according to how
often the vehicle is used. Vehicles subjected to severe use, such as operation
in wet or dusty areas, should be inspected and serviced more frequently. Pay
special attention to oil level in the oil tank. A rise in oil level in cold weather
can indicate moisture collecting in the oil tank.
This list offers a general overview of ATV vehicle
maintenance. Remember to keep your owner's manual handy and consult a master
repair manual or your local dealer for further details.
Change oil and filter (4-Strokes)
Change oil filter and check oil pump cable adjustment (2-Strokes)
Check oil lines and oil tank vent lines for kinks or leaks
Change Counter Balancer oil (400 cc 2-stroke engines)
Inspect Air Filter, Pre-Cleaner and Engine Breather Filter. Replace as necessary.
Inspect Carburetor Air Intake Ducts/Flange for proper sealing/air leaks.
Replace Fuel Filter and inspect fuel cap, lines, fuel valve, fuel pump, and carburetor
for cracks, leaks or kinks in lines. Repair or replace as necessary.
Cooling system: Check coolant strength, fill level, and inspect hoses. Repair
or replace as needed.
Radiator: Inspect and clean external surface.
Check fasteners and motor mounts. * Refer to service manual or local dealer for
Replace spark plug. Check ignition timing or have your local
dealer check ignition timing.
Battery: Clean terminals, check fluid level, charge battery (see battery maintenance
article for more information on battery maintenance).
Lights: Check headlamp, tail lamp, running lamps and brake lamp. Replace or repair
Check switches (headlamp, brake, AWD, key, etc.) for proper operation. Repair
or replace as needed.
Verify brake and throttle controls move freely.
General Lubrication: Check front hub fluid or bearings. Change
fluid or pack wheel bearings as needed. Grease chassis.
Transmission/Gear Case: Change fluid, check shift adjustments, check for leaks.
Repair as needed.
Drive Chain: Inspect, adjust and lubricate.
Brakes: Check fluid level in master cylinder, brake pad wear, and lever travel.
Fill, repair, and replace as needed.
Check suspension fasteners for proper torque (refer to service manual or local
dealer for torque specs).