ATV Maintenance Tips for a Smoother Ride

ATV Maintenance Tips for a Smoother Ride

Posted by Caleb Werhman on 27 November 2015 | Comments

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Keep your ATV running smoothly with these maintenance tips.

In the same way a car runs better and longer with regular maintenance, the same can be said for an ATV. If you’ve recently purchased an ATV, are considering buying one, or are curious about the upkeep of such a vehicle, these helpful ATV maintenance tips will ensure that you have a smooth ride each and every time you take it out on the trails. Although all of the following things can be done at home, if you don’t have prior experience or knowledge of automobile maintenance, you may want to consult your local ATV dealer for help or take your vehicle in for a professional to take care of.


Proper air tire can make a huge difference in the way an ATV rides so make sure to check your tire pressure every time you take it out. Also take a look at your rims. Keep an eye out for dents or other damage that could potentially cause further and more serious issues to your tires. You don’t necessarily need to check the tire lugs each and every time you take your ATV out for a ride, but it wouldn’t hurt to make sure those things are secure once in awhile. Nothing would be worse than being stranded mid-ride.


Before you head out for a ride, make sure you have enough gas to get where you want to go and still make it home safely. It’s easy to top off your engine if you’re low. Check your ATV’s oil and coolant levels as well to avoid unexpected breakdowns. Brake fluid is also vital to the health of both you and your ATV so maintain your brake fluid and make sure your brake fluid reservoir isn’t leaking.


Speaking of brakes, regularly cleaning any rocks or debris from your brake pads will keep them in good condition. Depending on how long you have your ATV and how often you use it, you may need to replace the brake pads eventually too.

Air Filter

If you typically ride your ATV in very sandy dirt or at the beach, you should probably clean your air filter after every other ride. Otherwise, a good cleaning should be done every few weeks. Clean your ATVs air filter by taking it out, cleaning it with water and an air filter cleaner, letting it dry completely, and then massaging it with air filter oil before reinstalling it.

Overall Cleaning

Just like your car, it’s important to do an overall cleaning not just for looks, but also for functionality. Protect your car from dust and mud buildup by using a high pressure washer to restore your ATV to it’s shiny, clean state. It will look better and last longer.

Need additional tips about ATV maintenance? Shopping for a new ATV? Call S&H Farm Supply today or stop by one of our four convenient locations. We would love to hear from you.