Summer’s Coming—Is Your Off-Road Vehicle Ready?

May 7, 2019 5:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

ATVs can be a whole lot of fun and also quite useful during the summer months, but only if you keep up with your regular ATV maintenance in Franklin, NC. With summer right around the corner, it’s important to make sure you’ve gone through all the necessary processes to fine-tune your vehicle.

Here are a few examples of some of those processes:

  • Check your oil: You’d be surprised at how many people forget to check and change the oil in their ATVs. Making sure your oil is in good condition goes a long way toward keeping your engine in good shape, because that oil keeps the engine lubricated. A lack of good-quality oil at the proper levels could result in the engine locking up and sustaining some significant damage. For this reason, make sure you regularly check your oil to see if you need to change it.
  • Be wise with fuel selection: You’ll find your ATV will deliver the best performance if you use higher-quality fuels. Sure, it may cost you a bit more, but in the long run you can actually save money because it will keep your engine in prime condition and deliver greater efficiency.
  • Check your coolant: The coolant in your ATV engine works the same as it does in any other vehicle or piece of equipment. It keeps all the seals lubricated and cooled, preventing the engine from getting overheated. Keep in mind that the longer you use your ATV in dirty, dusty settings, the more likely it is your coolant levels will get diminished, so you should make it a point to regularly check your coolant levels.
  • Check the tires: It’s important that your tires provide a proper grip on the terrain on which you drive. If your tires are poorly inflated, worn out or damaged, this could hinder the vehicle’s ability to maintain good traction, especially on steep or uneven ground. You’ll be safer and get better performance out of your vehicle if you regularly check the condition of your tires and make any swaps as needed.
  • Change the spark plugs: There are some things that can cause your spark plugs to wear down faster than they otherwise might with standard wear and tear, including bad gas. But in any case, when your spark plugs are worn down, it could result in a reduced amount of power going to the engine of your ATV. Changing out your spark plugs is relatively inexpensive and is a process you can handle yourself without having to seek professional assistance. Generally, 100 hours is a good length of time to use the spark plugs in an ATV if you’re getting proper service out of your engine.

For more examples of how you can get your ATV ready for the season and keep it in good shape for many more years to come, contact the team at Koster Equipment Sales & Rental LLC. We specialize in ATV maintenance in Franklin, NC, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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