Taking your atv out of storage and preparing for the spring can sometimes be a tedious chore, that is if you store it for winter. Before you take it out for that first ride of the year, there are a few things you should check out on your machine first.
Some preventative maintenance should be done before you fire up your motor and even try to take it out for any amount of time.
If you have stored your atv/utv you should have made sure your radiator fluid had the proper amount of antifreeze. As the months have gone by though, the coolant may have started to turn milky or started to accumulate some settlement, especially if you’ve owned it for a few years. You can get a tester pretty cheap to check your fluid, although It’s always a good idea to have a qualified service technician to have a look at it.
You should always make sure your oil viscosity is still good, no water accumulation has accrued from condensation throughout the past winter months. The oil filter is also just as important to maintain, in fact I recommend that you simply do a complete oil change at this time of year and simply keep this as your time to plan an oil change every spring. I’m sure most of us do our own oil changes as basic mechanic skills are only required.
This is a pretty simple task, providing your atv/utv hasn’t been moved all winter, you should only need to be looking for any dry rot starting to your rubber. That will start out appearing as small cracks in the rubber and could possibly start to slowly leak as time goes by or even pop at the first hard bump or pot whole that you hit. Properly conditioning your tires before storing you machine should prevent this from happening. There are many decent brands of tire conditioners available and any one of them should be more than adequate and reasonably priced, most under ten or twenty bucks for a 20 oz. spray bottle, depending on the brand.
The fuel left in your tank and lines will start to break down over an extended amount of time and become gummy. This can be a severe problem, causing damage to your entire fuel system. This means your fuel tank, fuel lines, carburetor and the engine itself. One of easiest way to prevent this from happening is :
A. To simply run the last bit of gas out or let it idle till its empty.
B. Use/add a fuel stabilizer to a full tank of fresh gasoline such as Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer.