ATV tech tips

ATV tech tips to help you know when to turn an ATV repair project over to a professional.

Here are three situations where it’s best to turn an ATV repair over to an experienced, fair and professional mechanic.

It could cost more money to have it fixed, but you’ll get the satisfaction knowing the job was done right.

ATV tech tips
ATV tech tips

1. You don’t have the right tools-ATV tech tips

I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “You’ve got to have the right tool for the job,”. If you don’t have the right tool, you’ll probably end up fighting your way through a frustrating ATV repair. Say you need to adjust the valves in a four-stroke engine’s cylinder head, but you don’t have a torque wrench.

You might think you can re-tighten the hardware “close enough” to the manufacturer’s torque specification, but in a case like this where tolerances are so close and the window is so narrow. It’s not worth the risk of leaving a fastener too loose or too tight.

An improperly fastened piece of hardware could lead to failure and cost more money to go back and fix the right way. Especially for high-performance, fast-revving engines used in sport quads. So, if you find yourself using a screwdriver to pound out a broken A-arm mounting bolt because you don’t have a set of punches and chisels. Bring the quad to a professional who has the right tools to do the repair.

2. You are at a loss-ATV tech tips

Let’s say your ATV won’t start. You checked the compression and it’s good. The engine appears to be getting fuel.  Now you check for spark. When you push the starter button, the spark plug has spark, but it seems weak. Now what? While this engine has the three essential elements for it to run, this one won’t run.

Ignition trouble can come from many sources – switches, coils, wires – and it often takes special diagnostic equipment, service information and experience to diagnose the trouble. ATV repair technicians use step-by-step ATV service manuals. This helps track down electrical problems so they can make efficient, cost-effective repairs rather than work off of a hunch and throw costly electrical parts at the machine with hopes that one of them will eventually fix the problem. If you’re not sure where to turn next, bring your ATV to a professional.

3. Your ATV needs MAJOR repairs-ATV tech tips

Sometimes a ATV repair job is so big and becomes so involved that it’s best to turn it over to a professional right from the get-go. A prime example is a major crash repair, which will likely be covered by insurance. If, for example, you smashed into a stump or rock and it peeled off a front wheel, its driveline components, suspension, the footrest, not to mention the CVT clutch has a fresh gouge. Would you know where to look and what to look for so you can put together a parts list and restore the machine to like-new condition? While it seems easy to simply start tearing off old parts and installing new ones, looks can be deceiving.

ATV repair shops that are experienced with ATVs know what to look for when compiling a damage estimate. They know where to look on a damaged ATV to find which parts need to be replaced. And in this case, since the CVT clutch showed signs of contact from an external source, they’ll check the crankshaft run-out to make sure it still spins true. That’s something you certainly wouldn’t want to overlook, and it takes special, precise equipment to inspect.

If an ATV repair seems overwhelming, it probably is and the job should be turned over to a professional mechanic.

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