Like their name says, ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) can be used in every season and on any kind of terrain. However, there are some owners who don’t use these vehicles during winter and in this case, they have to figure out what the best way of storing them is.
The task is not as simple as identifying the best place that allows you to keep the ATV in the best conditions. Before placing the vehicle inside and locking the door you need to prepare it for long-term storage. In this stage will have to think about several things.
Firstly, you should consider the vehicle’s size. According to it, you can understand what the dimension of your ideal storage unit is. Before you choose a place to keep your ATV, check the dimension of several units and you will find out which one suits your needs.
When you are winterizing the ATV, keep in mind that each item has to follow different steps according to its type of engine and model. Some have carburetors and some have fuel-injection engines. Also, you can find detailed instructions for storing the ATV in the owner’s manual.
If you have a model with a carburetor, you should drain the fuel out of it before winter storage. Fuel-injection engines don’t need to have the fuel drained out, but you could add a fuel stabilizer or gas additive.
Another important aspect is to protect the battery from freezing. For that matter, the manual says that the owner should look for a storage unit with climate control. On the other hand, a more economical option is to remove the battery and keep it at home.
Next, let’s see some tips for storing ATVs during winter in a short guide:
– Firstly, analyze your options: if you don’t have the option of keeping it in a garage, think about another place;
– Calculate how much money you are willing to spend for this process and whether you are planning to use the ATV during winter;
– Check your insurance policy and see if it includes coverage for off-road or recreational use;
– Before storing the vehicle make all the required repairs: tires, brakes or other maintenance;
– Prevent corrosion by cleaning the vehicle;
– If necessary, change the oil and filter and then circulate the oil by running the engine for a short amount of time;
– Clean or replace the air filter and follow the same procedure with the chain, control cables, and pedals; lubricate where it is necessary;
– If you choose to remove the battery, keep it in a cool, dry place;
– Correct the air pressure from the tires by inflating them and, if it is necessary, keep the tires off the ground by lifting the ATV;
– Last, but not least, the vehicle should be covered with a breathable cloth.
If you take care of your ATV, you will be able to use it for a long time.