How to Maintain Your ATV in Top Condition
Just like any vehicle, an ATV is a machine designed to operate with precision. Whether you drive yours through muddy trails or over relatively smooth terrain, it will require some regular maintenance, just like your car, to continue running like new. To keep your ATV in top condition, mark off the following items on our ATV maintenance checklist.
- Battery– Remove the battery before putting your ATV into storage for the off-season. Clean the battery terminals using a solution of baking soda and water. Purchase a battery gauge to test your battery’s strength before the next time you head out on the trails.
- Fluids– Keep an eye on your ATV’s oil, coolant, brake and differential fluids. Top them off and read your ATV’s maintenance manual to find out how often these fluids should be drained and completely changed out.
- Fuel– Use up your fuel or drain it before storing your ATV for the off-season. If you put your ATV into storage with fuel in sitting in the tank, it will not operate as well the next season. You will need to drain the fuel and replace with fresh before your first run.
- Replace Components– Like any engine, certain components of an ATV will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Pay close attention to your spark plugs and air filter.
- Handlebars– Your handlebars see lots of wear and tear each season. They also need to be in good shape to ensure you can control and steer your vehicle. If the grips come loose, simply re-attach them with glue.
- Tire Pressure– Purchase a special ATV tire pressure gauge to make sure tires have enough air before you venture into the woods.
- Wheel Lug Nuts– Check and tighten each of the lug nuts on your wheels for optimal performance.
- Off-Season Storage– During the off-season, find a safe place to shelter and store your ATV. Leaving it exposed to wind, rain, snow, ice and sun will age the vehicle prematurely. You should also invest in a slipcover designed specifically for your ATV to keep dirt, dust and water from getting into the engine’s components.
Leave the ATV Maintenance to the Professionals
If you would rather not worry about the proper care and storage that are required to maintain an ATV, then you can always rent an ATV, instead of purchasing. At Young Motors, we have an entire team of fleet maintenance specialists who work together to ensure each of our vehicles – ATVs included – is well maintained and ready to go. By choosing to rent, your ATV will always be ready when you need it, and you will never again have to worry about draining fluids before the winter, checking spark plugs, changing air filters or securing proper storage for the off-season. To book your rental ATV, contact any of Young Motors‘ three locations in Fort McMurray.
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