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If your ATV has been in storage or you haven’t ridden it in a while, check the following items well in advance of your first ride of the new season. Don't wait until you're ready to ride to discover you need to see a mechanic or buy a replacement part. Consult your owner's manual for more information about your model.

  • Reinstall the battery if you removed it for storage, and charge it fully. Be sure the battery holds a charge.
  • If you did not change the oil and oil filter before storing the ATV, do so now.
  • Check the spark plugs, and replace them if necessary.
  • Fill the fuel tank with fresh gasoline, and make sure the engine starts.
  • Check all the lights, and replace any burned-out bulbs.
  • Check the tires for damage and inflate them. Tires may wear or flatten if left on the ground for long periods of time.
  • Check for damage caused by rodents, such as blocked pipes or chewed wires and cables.
  • Check for any other damage that may occur during storage. For example, parts made of rubber or plastic may deteriorate over time.
  • Consider performing a pre-ride inspection.
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