If you start your ATV and feel a lot of friction from the engine, you probably need to perform an ATV engine oil change.
ATV engines are a lot like your small car engines. Even if you use the best quality gasoline, you can still damage your engine if you don’t change the oil regularly.
But the biggest question remains, how to do it? Also, could you do it yourself?
Yes, ATV oil change can be done by the owner, though certain things need to be kept in mind. We have shared important ATV oil change tips in this article.
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Tools of The Trade
Before getting started, it’s essential to gather all the tools to help you get the job done. Make sure you have these tools ready before performing the oil change process. If you don’t have any of these tools, consider purchasing them from a local store.
These are the tools you will need:
- A Funnel.
- Socket set and ratchet.
- Disposable rags.
- The correct replacement oil and oil filter.
- Drain pan.
- Oil filter wrench.
- A Screwdriver
If you are not sure how to use these tools or don’t have the time to perform an oil change, let a dealership service centre like Briney Motorsports take over.
If you are a hardcore DIYer, follow these steps to perform an oil change in your garage.
Start By Cleaning The Oil Filter
Start by turning the ATV on and letting it run at idle for about fifteen minutes so that the oil becomes warm and it will come out quickly from the drain pipe. Next, locate the oil filter. In most ATVs, it is found under the ATV seat. Pull up the seat, remove the latches, and you’ll see the oil filter with the dipstick. Clean the dipstick so that it doesn’t have any dirt and grit. Once you have cleaned the dipstick, you need to locate the drain plug. In most ATVs, it is found near the oil filter. If you can’t locate it, refer to your ATV user manual to locate it.
Drain The Existing Oil
Once you have located the drain plug (near the oil filter or below the engine), the next step is to drain the existing oil. It is always advisable to verify that the skid plate’s hole is clean before taking out the oil. Once you’re certain that the hole is clean, place a drain pan beneath the skid plate, use a socket to loosen the drain plug, and let the oil drip slowly into the drain pan.
Add New Oil To The ATV
Once you have drained the old oil, place the drain plug back into the place and torque it down using a screwdriver. Make sure you don’t tighten it too much.
Then, replace the old oil filter with the new one. Place a funnel on the O-ring of the oil filter and pour some oil into it. Don’t fill it fully at this point.
Make sure that the oil you are using is of the same grade as recommended by the manufacturer.
Next, turn on the quad and keep it on for fifteen seconds. This will ensure that the oil is fully circulated inside the engine.
After that, you will need to check the engine oil level. Access the dipstick again and check the oil level. Based on that, add more oil. A good number is two quarts of oil. However, you can always add more until the dipstick indicates level full.
Changing the oil in your ATV may be a bit of a chore, but it’s really not that hard. As long as you have the right tools and the right information, you’ll be on your way to a successful oil change in no time at all.