In most cases, an ATV will need professional maintenance twice or thrice a year, but there are basic but very important maintenance task your kid’s ATV will not wait to have. In short, you will need to:
Clean the Vehicle
A kids ATV should be cleaned regularly especially after a muddy ride. This is primarily because grime, grease, and dirt can hasten the wearing process on the essential parts of the ATV such as seals, chain, bearings and sprockets.
Grease Moving Parts
Make sure to lubricate and grease all moving parts such as sprockets, chain, and bearings.
Proper Pressure Tire
Air pressure is a key determining factor on how smooth your kids’ ATV rides is. Low tire pressure produces unpredictable handling and heavy steering, while too much pressure means a rough ride and accelerated tire wear and tear. To ensure the safety and durability of the vehicle, always check all the tires before a ride.
It is super quick to pull out the air filters, wash and rinse it with a proper filter cleaner, sun dry it or blow it dry, treat it with a good filter oil, and put it back. Clean the air filters after every dusty ride or at least once a month. If you are living in very dusty environment, I suggest using Arctic Cat Prefilter.
Change Oil and Filter
Renewing your kid’s ATV oil and filter at least once in a year keeps your engine fresh and healthy.
Maintain the Battery
Modern children’s ATVs are equipped with electric starters since they are more convenient and easier for children to use to start the vehicle, but some models are equipped with both an electric and a kick starter. In all electric and gas-powered ATVs, a battery is an important unit providing charge to the vehicle to start and move. This makes it imperative to learn the basics of ATV battery maintenance to avoid any trouble. Any time when handling the battery
- Do not wear any jewelry
- Wear proper gloves and old worn out clothes that are ready to be discarded
- Wear safety goggles
You will need to perform the following maintenance tasks:
- Check the level of fluid in the battery and if necessary, it should be refilled using distilled water.
- Use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean the battery. Ideally, add two spoonful of soda to a pint of water to create the right concentration.
- After the above steps are complete, it is important that the battery is connected to the charger and a trickle charge started.
- Rub some Vaseline or grease over the points.
- Check and tighten the positive cable connections.
- Cover the positive connection and conduct a similar test on the negative connection.
Proper storage of ATVs is important in ensuring that electric battery lasts for long and that parts generally do not wear out fast. Storage is basically a form of maintenance and as such, it should not be overlooked. Proper storage practices include:
- Storing the ATV indoors especially during the cold season.
- Charging the stored ATV regularly even if it is not being used.
- During storage, it is important that the important parts of the ATV are covered, so that dust does not gather. Regular cleaning should also be done to remove any dirt that might have gathered on the ATV when it is not in use.
In conclusion, by following the above tips, you will make sure your kid’s ATV is well maintained and in proper running condition. The well maintained an ATV is, the safer it is to ride and the more durable it will be.