Top Tips for Quad and ATV Maintenance
Posted by QuadzillaQuads Admin on
8 simple rules for maintaining your quad bike, ATV or UTV - tips to improve performance and save money!
From the muddy farms in Yorkshire to the snowy hills in Cumbria, ATVs are always being put through their paces in tough terrain. As an owner of a Quadzilla ATV, UTV or SSV, maintenance will play an important role in the life-cycle of your vehicle.
While taking your ATV to an authorised Quadzilla dealer is recommended for servicing, there are also some basic maintenance checks you can do to help your vehicle to perform at it's best.
So check out our 8 top tips to help improve the performance of your ATV or UTV whether it is used as farm machinery or to get you around in remote areas. By following these simple rules you can save money and learn the basics in maintaining your vehicle.
1. Before riding your Quadzilla quad bike, buggy or UTV, you should take the time to become familiar with your owner’s manual and warranty book. These provide you with helpful information to ensure comfortable, safe riding of your quad bike or UTV.
Check the Oil & Coolant Levels
2. Oil is probably the most important element in your ATV, because the engine can't function without it. You should make sure it is always at the correct level on the dipstick. But don’t forget to change the oil on a regular basis. The coolant is also vital too, so do check this level regularly.
Tyre Pressure & Wear
3. Always maintain the recommended tyre pressure and tread depth. Incorrect pressure can cause poor handling and tyre or wheel damage. This can be measured with a tyre pressure gauge.
Check The Brakes
4. Checking the brakes is a must. To avoid a sticky situation, inspect the wheels and remove any debris, small rocks and other intrusive items. An ample pad should be left on the brake pad to ensure you get the most out of your brakes.
Protect It From The Elements
5. Both sun and water will damage your machine. If you need to cover it while parked, do so. You can purchase an ATV cover to ensure your ATV is undercover when not in use.
Check The Handlebar Grips
6. For a safe ride, the handlebar grips must be still on the bars tight. You can use safety wires, but the best option is to replace the old grips if they become too loose.
Check The Levers
7. Because you control your ATV using the levers, they must be perfect. Ensure they are firmly clamped to the bars and do not move when you want to use them. It is also vital you can reach them with no effort, so ensure they are in place in a comfortable riding position.
Once You've Finished - Keep It Clean!
8. Rust is the enemy of all machinery. Grab a hose and make sure that the water doesn't sit on any parts. Don't pressure wash the dash or lights though! If you use a power washer, or steam cleaner, it can mean that water is pushed into seals, bearing and joints, which can cause long term damage. It can also mean problems for your electrics, as water, debris or other materials can corrode. So we'd recommend you use a hose and sponge instead.