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Our Essential Quad Bike Maintenance Checklist

Man riding a red-coloured ATV on dirt terrain representing the importance of having a quad bike maintenance checklist

Just like cars and motorbikes, routine maintenance of your quad bike is necessary to ensure that it runs smoothly. What’s more, mud and other debris, when left to dry, can grind against your quad bike’s essential fixtures and fittings like brakes and chains, leading to corrosion.

However, the servicing and maintenance required for a quad bike can vary based on its make and model.

While premium quality models can undergo extreme wear and tear (provided you stick to the manufacturer’s quad bike maintenance guideline), the cheaper ones might require a rigorous regime.

That said, it’s best to take your bike for professional servicing if you’re unable to maintain it yourself. 

Nonetheless, if you still want to do it yourself, our experts at Avalanche Adventure, have put together a handy quad bike maintenance checklist for you.

Check the Brakes and Chains

It’s crucial to not only check and bleed the brakes of your quad bike before using it but also to wash off the mud from its chains and other cables before it completely dries up.

Additionally, if you’re planning to wash off heavy grime, then avoid using a high-powered pressure washer. Too much power can result in the water getting past the bike’s bearings and seals,  causing long-term damage to the electrics. Always make sure you’re using low-pressure while washing off the mud.

Black and grey ATVs parked on a brown field

While all the brakes have to be checked and cleaned after every 2 months, the chains need to be inspected frequently for correct tension and rust.

When it comes to your quad bike’s chain care, do not commit the most common mistake of using the wrong lubricant as that can cause more harm than good to your vehicle’s gear.

If you aren’t sure which chain lubricant would be best for your vehicle, make sure you speak with a professional before using one.

Change the Oil and Its Filter

Old oil tends to collect dirt and debris, meaning the oil filter is another crucial area that needs to be taken proper care of as it can cause your bike’s internal elements to corrode.

When you change the oil frequently, your quad bike is likely to perform more efficiently on muddy terrain.

Black and orange all-terrain vehicle parked on a grey rock

However, make sure you’re going through the manufacturer’s quad bike maintenance checklist before changing your vehicle’s oil. For instance, the oil in some ATV models might have to be changed after every 5 hours whereas for others it could be changed after 20 hours or so of driving.

When it comes to draining out the oil filter, ensure that your quad bike is warmed up as that helps the oil flow better and allows the contaminants to easily leave the engine.

Clean the Air Filter

Just like your quad bike’s oil filter, its air filter can also get clogged due to dirt and exert unnecessary pressure on the bike’s engine. This is why it’s best to get it checked after every 1,000km or 100 hours.

While you don’t have to clean the air filter too frequently, make sure you’re washing it thoroughly after going on an off-roading experience.

ATV rider on a dirt track representing why it’s crucial to follow the quad bike maintenance checklist

Additionally, when cleaning the air filter, don’t use compressed air or abrasive brushes as that can cause severe damage to it. Instead, a normal cleaning solvent and water should be enough.

Tighten the Nuts and Bolts

Tightening the nuts and bolts of your quad bike might be the easiest and least time-consuming task, but it can be a crucial deciding factor between a dangerous ride and adventurous days out.

Since a quad bike is designed to be used on rough terrain, there’s no need to inspect every fitting and attachment on your vehicle.

A wheel’s nuts and bolts being tightened as per the quad bike maintenance checklist

However, you need to check its small-but-important components such as sprocket bolts, wheel hubs, and pivot bolts regularly, and tighten them up whenever they start vibrating or come out loose. This will ensure that you have a safe and adrenaline-filled quad biking experience!

To find out more about how you can have a safe off roading experience, click here!

The Bottom Line

In order to ensure that your quad bike is in solid condition, it’s important to take it for servicing as frequently as possible. Although, if you’re maintaining it on your own, then make it a point to strictly follow this quad bike maintenance checklist.

Moreover, what might seem like an unimportant or small task to you, could actually stop the bike from having an engine malfunction or brake failure.

Contact Avalanche Adventure for a Fun-Filled Quad Bike Experience

If you don’t own a quad bike and are craving to go on an exciting off roading experience, then Avalanche Adventure has got you covered!

At our activity centre, our quad bike safari is tailored for adrenaline junkies like you. Moreover, we offer basic instructions for beginners along with a practice track so that you can learn to be in command of your bike. Once conquered, we take you to our site with open areas and challenging windy trails.

If you’re ready for a fun-filled, adventurous day out, then contact us today to book your slots!