What are the steps to maintain your ATV?
Going out on your ATV when the weather is nice and the ground is dry is all well and good, however, when it rains and the ground gets wet and there is mud everywhere, it becomes a little more complicated, because all this dirt gets stuck to the tires of your ATV. To remedy this problem and to be able to to roll in full safetyyou must clean properly your tires and get rid of all the dirt they collect, thanks to a specific maintenance that will make your ATV look like new again and keep it in good condition for a longer period of time. What are the steps involved in maintaining your ATV? Let’s find out in this article.
How to clean your ATV ?
In order to properly clean your ATV, you must first start by removing its tires and place the frame in a particular way, allowing you to maintain your bike raised, for example, you can use a chain rest so that the latter holds your mountain bike in the position you want. Then use a special tire brush and start to remove all residues and soil piled up.
After that, use a special product for remove the grease on the surface of the crankset and all the components of your tires, so that the cleaning is done properly and thoroughly. Also make sure to get the product into even the smallest corners and wait for it to work for a while before rinsing.
After you have made sure that you have really scrubbed everything with your brush, move on to rinsing with soap and water, then with water only, then wash the chain as well as the derailleurs using a sponge wet with water containing soap and scrub it well as you should.
The last step of the cleaning process will be to pass your sponge over all the other parts of the ATV, then finish with the rinse with water and wipe the surface to ensure that the dry it well to be able to start the next step.
Lubricate your ATV after cleaning
After washing your bike, the stage of lubrication is essential and should not be neglected, in order to to avoid its oxidation. You must therefore make sure that it is completely drysince there is no point in lubricating your bike’s components if they are still wet.
After that, put a small amount of your lubricant in the two front and rear sides of the derailleurs as well as on the chain, while putting a rag underneath it, for the absorption of the excess grease.
Once you have finished lubricating, we advise you to pedal in order to to send the lubricant to your entire bike’s transmission in a safer and more convenient way.
In case your mountain bike cables have been changed, don’t forget to put a few drops of lubricant on them as well, then run them to get the product into the sheath. Also remember to grease frequently the case of the pedals.
We also recommend you to make a small hole towards the bottom of the crankset so that the water accumulated in the tubes can get out, by doing this you will guarantee the protection of the ATV.
ATV inspection and verification
When you finish cleaning and lubricating your ATV, you will need to move on to checking of some important elements, which are as follows:
- ATV Frame;
- Insertion marker, to make sure there were no holes ;
- Brakes and handlebars, to make sure they are working properly.
In conclusion, it is very important to to maintain your ATV wellby respecting all the steps and doing it regularly, in order to take care of it and keep it in good condition as long as possible, as well as to ride safely!