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Inspecting Your ORV 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.

Always Make a Pre-Ride Inspection

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 lug nuts


ORV tires take a lot of punishment, so maintaining the correct tire pressure is critical. Tires have a direct impact on the handling characteristics of your ORV. Refer to your owner’s manual for ideal tire pressure when riding on various terrains.

Routine Maintenance

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


Your vehicle isn't ready to ride unless it has an up-to-date ORV license. See “ORV License” for details.