Routine maintenance for any mechanical product is the best insurance policy that any consumer can invest. This definitely applies to the ATVs that we sell at Killer Motorsports. All-Terrain Vehicles are built to handle extreme road conditions and take a tremendous amount of abuse. Due to these facts, owners should take proactive measures to create a maintenance schedule that will ensure their ATVs last longer and ride with optimal performance. Here are a few particular items to consider when creating your maintenance program.
- Oil Most of our ATVs are shipped to customers with oil already inside the engine crank case. However, this is a break in oil that should only be run for about 30 minutes. Once you've started your ATV and have run it for about 30 minutes with moderate throttle, you need to change this oil and replace it with new oil. Here are the steps that you should follow to change oil for an ATV sold through Killer Motorsports.
- Gather the appropriate tools and supplies including a 17mm (in most cases) end wrench, oil collection bucket, rags and replacement oil (follow manufacturer’s specific recommendations however, 10W40 conventional or blend oil is best).
- Locate the oil drain bolt in the center section of the engine pan - it is typically a 17mm bolt. With the engine turned OFF, remove the bolt and drain all oil into a collection device.
- Locate the oil filler cap, remove the cap and continue to let the oil drain for a few minutes. Once the oil has stopped draining, reinstall the oil drain plug and tighten BEFORE you pour the new oil into the reservoir. Tighten the oil cap after all oil has been inserted into the engine, start the engine and verify that the “oil” light does not come on once the engine has been running for at least one minute.
- It's recommended to replace your oil every 10 to 15 hours of operation.
For more info on how to change the oil on your ATV, check out the video below.
For more info on how to tighten your chain, check out the video below.
- Make sure that your radiator fluid is filled up to full. Most of the time it is full, but sometimes it is close to empty.
- Anytime you add coolant to your radiator, it needs to have a 50/50 mix of recommended coolant with distilled water.
- You should always run your engine for about 10 minutes and let the engine heat up and then refill your radiator unit to ensure the radiator unit is full. When you run your engine, the heat will run out the bubbles that can be in your lines. This is why you will need to add more fluid.
The items listed above represent the majority of service areas recommended for ATVs. It's also important to routinely check the tires for proper inflation and wear, tighten bolts occasionally and replace fuel and air filters as recommended by the manufacturer. For specifics about recommended maintenance for these items, refer to your ATV owner's manual that was included in your shipment.