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Inspecting Your ATV Before You Ride

Nothing spoils an outing faster than mechanical problems. In some cases, malfunctioning equipment also can cause injuries.

Set the parking brake.

Consult your owner's manual for items that may need to be lubricated, tightened, adjusted, aligned, or checked for wear.

Key items include:

  • Air filter
  • Brakes
  • Drive chain or drive shaft
  • Engine stop switch
  • Foot shifter
  • Lights
  • Spark arrestor/muffler
  • Spark plugs
  • Steering system
  • Throttle
  • Wheels and lugnuts

Tires

ATV tires take a lot of punishment, so maintaining the correct tire pressure is critical.

Consult your owner's manual for the recommended pressure.

Check the tire pressure before each trip. Over- or under-inflated tires:

  • Can result in tire or wheel damage.
  • May change the handling characteristics of your ATV.

Use a low-pressure gauge because ATV tire pressure is too low for standard auto tire gauges to read accurately.

Be sure all tires have the same pressure. Otherwise, vehicles may pull left or right.

Check for damage that could cause an air leak.

Always Make a Pre-Ride Inspection

Routine Maintenance

Off-road riding puts a strain on your ATV, so it's important to perform the scheduled maintenance recommended in your owner's manual. You can avoid a breakdown and possible injury.