The off-highway environment can be harsh on ATVs, therefore an inspection of your ATV is important. An inspection of your ATV before each ride can reduce your chances of being injured or stranded, as well as ensure the long-term enjoyment of your ATV.
If you are looking for ATVs for sale, it is still recommended to go through pre-ride inspections to ensure the ATV you’re purchasing is in good working condition.
It’s essential to allow the recommendations in your ATV manual. Since there are many types of ATVs, you should consult your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual will give you a list of the equipment that needs to be check on your particular ATV. However, here are some of the common items that you should inspect before you ride:
- Air Pressure of Tires
If one side has a higher pressure than the other, your vehicle may pull to one side. So, you should check that your tires are all inflated to proper pressure. If you have under-inflated tires, it may cause wheel damage on a bumpy terrain. If you have an over-inflated tire, it can damage the tires.
You should check that your breaks are in tip-top condition. Brakes are very, very crucial to your riding, so make sure they operate smoothly.
- Air Cleaner
You should check your air cleaner for dirt and clean or replace it if necessary. Having a dirty or clogged air cleaner will reduce the efficiency of your ATV’s engine.
- Coolant Level
Your engine may have overheated during your last ride, so you should check the coolant level of your ATV before each ride.
- Foot shifter
You should check if your foot shifter is firmly attached so it’s safe for riding. Make sure your foot shifter is not so low that your toes are pointed downward at the ground. Your foot shifter should also not be so high so it doesn’t make shift awkward.
- Lights and Switches
You should check that your lights and switches are working properly. It’s important that your brake light is working, especially when you’re riding in a group.
- Nuts and Bolts
You should check the nuts and bolts of your ATV’s parts because it can become loosened when you’re riding on a rough terrain. Check areas such as your handlebars and footrest before each ride and tighten fasteners wherever it’s necessary.
- Oil and Fuel
You should check your oil and fuel level because you don’t want to get stranded. You should always have a full tank of fuel and your oil level should be adequate before each ride.
- Kill Switch
You should check your ATV’s kill switch to make sure it’s in working order before each ride.
You should check that your steering is smooth and tight. Make sure the controls attached to the steering is secure.
In addition to these common items, it’s recommended that you carry a first aid kit and tool kit in case you encounter any problems.