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Arctic Cat ATV Maintenance

Arctic Cat ATV Maintenance

There are few things in life more enjoyable than taking a ride on an all-terrain vehicle. Ideal for thrill seekers and the everyday rider alike, an ATV from Arctic Cat offers performance and power coupled with longevity anyone can appreciate. When it comes to Arctic Cat ATV maintenance, there are a few tasks that are non-negotiable to keep this ride going full steam ahead. Let’s take a closer look at the most basic tasks you need to perform on a routine basis to keep your ATV in top riding shape.

  1. Check and maintain tires: One of the most important elements of Arctic Cat ATV maintenance is to maintain the tires. The air pressure is more important than you may think when it comes to your ATV. Tires that are too full of air ride rougher on the ATV and lead to premature tire damage/wear. Tires without enough air have a harder time gripping the ground and lead to inadequate steering. You should check the tire pressure routinely, after every few rides preferably, to make sure it is in the right range. Your tires will tell you the right tire pressure in psi or you can consult the owner’s manual.

    You also want to routinely check the tread of the tires. Tires with worn down tread are simply unsafe to ride. If the tread of the tires is worn down to ¼ an inch, you definitely need to replace your tires before your next ride.

  2. Maintain all fluids: Another crucial aspect of Arctic Cat ATV maintenance is to maintain all the fluids necessary for a well-running machine. This includes the oil, brake fluid, and coolant. These fluids directly impact the way your ATV rides, how long it lasts, and whether you see costly damages and replacements on key areas. You should check your fluid levels every couple of rides to make sure you aren’t running on empty on any key fluids. The fluid reservoir will have fill lines to indicate where to fill the reservoir to, and the owner’s manual may suggest which fluid ratios are right for the needs of your ride.

  3. Clean/change filters: While regularly adding oil to your ride is important in protecting the engine, the filters are just as crucial in maintaining your ride. You should check your oil filter regularly. If you are riding your ATV every month, you should check it once a month since this is such an easy and important thing to maintain. Simply remove the filter and if it is dirty without tears then simply rinse it out, dry it, and replace it. If there are tears, replace it completely with a new filter.

  4. Check the CV boots: The CV boots on an ATV take a lot of impacts and shocks while riding over tough terrains. You should check the CV boots on your all-terrain vehicle every couple of months if you are doing regular riding, especially in heat which can impact the life of the boots, to avoid damaging the axle or wheels of the ATV. The good news is that these are relativity easy to replace when they do inevitably wear out so you can get back to riding.

  5. Tighten it up: Another easy part of Arctic Cat ATV maintenance is to simply tighten up all the different areas of the ride. Basically, if you can tighten it, then go ahead and tighten it up every few months. For example, you should take the time to tighten up the axle nuts, lug bolts, pivot bolts, skid plate bolts, and wheel hubs every 3-6 months, depending on how often you are riding your ATV. If you never tighten up these nuts and bolts, you leave your ride vulnerable to damage. This is also a good time to make sure you add grease to any pivot joints where lubrication is necessary for proper function and longevity.

  6. Inspect the chain: The chain is an important part of an ATV and needs proper care just like everything else. If you are out riding, and the chain finally gives way, it will put an end to your fun day of riding. When it comes to chain maintenance, you should routinely check the chain, every few weeks or so of riding, to make sure there are no signs of wear and tear. You should also regularly check the tension on the chain. Consult your owner’s manual to find out the desired specs for your model in terms of tension when you first buy the ATV, and then check every few months to make sure the tension hasn’t been changed after all the jostles and jolts of routine ATV riding.

  7. Check the suspension: Suspension is an important area of an ATV since this vehicle type sees a lot of jolts and shocks along the way. You should routinely check the different parts of the suspension to make sure there are no worn down parts which are adding strain to the vehicle overall. You should also regularly check the suspension setting in terms of sag, compression, and rebound, to make sure things are still where you want them for your riding needs.

  8. Tend to the brakes: Finally, the brakes of your ATV should be a regular part of your maintenance checks. If you have bad brakes, you run the risk of accidents and even being seriously injured or killed. You should never skip over the brakes. Many riders assume the brakes are fine just because they aren’t seeing any noticeable changes in the way the ATV brakes or handles, but you should still check the brakes every so often regardless. You should check the brake lines for any signs of fraying or wear, the brake calipers for damages, and the thickness of the brake pads.