Hey everyone! As a dedicated ATV owner, I know that one of my core responsibilities is to make sure that my beloved ATVs are maintained throughout the year. I always get my regular services done by a reputable ATV service shop so I know I’m getting an ATV that’s in top shape, however, a core component of ATV ownership comes with keeping a maintenance schedule. Not only does regular maintenance keep my ride as safe as possible, it reduces the risk of getting stranded and ensure the rig holds it value to give you leverage when its time to upgrade.
One of the benefits of ATV ownership is that general maintenance is not very difficult, and doing it consistently will ensure your investment lasts as long as possible.
I’ve created a maintenance checklist that I think covers the most crucial aspects of ATV maintenance to ensure everything stays in good working order. Remember, always reference your owner’s manual for everything you need to know about your ATV, including a recommended maintenance schedule.
Before every ride, make sure to fill up your fuel tank and use the type of fuel recommended in your owner’s manual. When leaving your ATV to sit for any length of time, it’s good to add a fuel stabilizer to your gasoline to prevent the water in it from separating and causing corrosion.
The tires on your ATV are meant to take abuse, however, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inspect them before every ride. Using a tire pressure gauge, check the tire pressure on all four tires and make sure they match the recommended PSI listed in your owner’s manual. Next, inspect for signs of wear and tear on the tires including cracks, embedded objects, worn treads, etc.
Like any vehicle, the oil in your ATV is the lifeblood of your engine and needs to be checked before each ride and topped up if necessary. Change your oil and filter regularly as per your owner’s manual.
Nuts and Bolts
ATVs experience a lot of movement, so it’s important to check to ensure the nuts, bolts, and various fittings are snug. This includes your handlebars, switches, levers, wheel lugs, and steering connections as well.
Keeping your ATV covered regardless of the season protects it from dust, debris, weather damage, and pests. Even if you’re storing your ATV indoors, it’s a best practice to keep a well-fitting cover on it to keep it clean.
I hope these tips help you keep your ATV well maintained year-round. If you’re still searching for the perfect off-road vehicle for new adventures, our sponsor partners at Revival Powersports can get you set up with an ATV loan so you can shop from anywhere as if you were buying with cash!
As always, thanks for reading!