Spring or summer, preparation pays when it’s time to put hours on your ATV or UTV. Before rolling down turnrows or across pastures, a few tale-of-the-tape checks can prevent future mechanical problems.
In central Alabama, sales manager Steven Martin at Talladega Tractor recommends a simple and quick checklist. “Any spring maintenance is dependent on proper storage, but when stored correctly, I’d narrow it down to the basics,” he says.
Engine and oil level
Give the engine a thorough look over. It’s a good idea to change oil once a year in average riding conditions.
“It should have been stored with a fuel treatment in the fall because you’ve got to start out on a good foot,” Martin says.
Make sure the level and the inlet side where it draws air are good.
Again, make sure levels are adequate, including the main reservoir and ancillary supply. “Check the radiator screen too, and keep it clean,” Martin says.
Clean a paper filter with gently compressed air and a foam filter with warm water and soap. Also, in the case of a foam filter, add a light application of waterproof grease to the sealing lip.
Check fluid level, and don’t overlook the parking brake. Anything less than a ¼" pad needs replaced.
Check for damage, proper air pressure and lug nut tightness.
Clean off caked mud, paying par-ticular attention around the muffler. If using a high-pressure hose, be cautious around wheel cylinders, CV axles and hubs.