The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Massachusetts Environmental Police - Web Version
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Inspecting Your OHV 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
- Drive chain or drive shaft
- Engine stop switch
- Foot shifter
- Spark arrestor/muffler
- Spark plugs
- Steering system
- Wheels and lugnuts
OHV 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 OHV.
For low-pressure tires, use a low-pressure gauge.
Be sure all tires have the same pressure. Otherwise, vehicles may pull left or right.
Check for damage that could cause an air leak.
Off-road riding puts a strain on your OHV, so it's important to perform the scheduled maintenance recommended in your owner's manual. You can avoid a breakdown and possible injury.