Winter is not a reason to say goodbye to your favorite vehicle and outdoor activities until next summer or spring. ATV fans know that even in severe frosts, you can enjoy riding a four-wheeler.
Snow-covered roads, icy hills, and other nuggets of winter will allow you to get a unique experience of extreme ATV driving, as well as a lot of fun and vivid impressions. However, before hopping on the wheeler, you need to prepare it for the upcoming winter ride.
How to Prepare a Kids ATV for Winter Ride?
Preparation is not just a necessity for the smooth operation of the vehicle in low temperatures, but also a guarantee of the safety of the driver.
So how do you prepare a kids gas ATV for winter? The avid quad rider Jerry Kidd claims the entire process can be divided into several steps that should be performed before getting behind the wheel of an ATV:
- Washing. This procedure is necessary not from an aesthetic point of view, but in order to be able to visually inspect for external defects and breakdowns.
- Oil change. The synthetic oil used in summer and winter is different. So what kind of oil should you put in your ATV in winter? At low temperatures, it’s crucial to use a product with the same low viscosity level. For example, if in summer it’s optimal to take “10W-40”, then in winter it’s better to choose “5W-40”. You shouldn’t use engine oil for cars, as it often contains special additives that make the vehicle work with a wet clutch. Use only a specialized product designed for a specific group of wheelers.
- Checking the cooling system. At the end of the summer season, condensate (water) often accumulates in the system. Thus. you should get rid of it since at low temperatures it can freeze. As soon as the water has been drained, you can safely fill in high-quality antifreeze. Ignoring this operation will end up damaging your ATV as a result of the failure of various engine components.
- Checking the oil in the rear and front gearbox. Driving in wetlands or in bad weather can cause water or foreign mixtures to hit the reducer. In this case, the oil will have to be changed before the start of the winter period.
- Changing the tire pressure. Riding a gas four-wheeler in summer and winter is completely different. For winter, the optimal tire pressure is 7.5-12 psi. This indicator guarantees good cross-country ability of the ATV even in the conditions of a snowy road and ice.
How to Operate an ATV in Winter
Riding an ATV in the cold season has a number of features. What should be kept in mind when handling an ATV in winter? Here’s a list of top aspects to be considered:
- Engine warming up. The average warm-up time is 5 minutes. During this period, the oil will have time to evenly disperse through all channels of the engine and guarantee the smooth operation of the vehicle.
- Snow removal. In the absence of a warm box, after each ride, it is necessary to clean all parts of the ATV from snow and possible ice. Children's ATV is no exception in winter.
- Battery charge monitoring. At low temperatures, battery discharge on the way can have negative consequences. Monitor the battery life level and recharge if necessary.
- Enrichment of the fuel mixture. This rule primarily applies to owners of carburetor models.
- Installation of handle heating and gas trigger. If riding gloves don’t make a change, there’s a way out. The heating function ensures comfortable riding even at rather low temperatures.
Another additional recommendation is that your child needs proper winter equipment. This includes thermal underwear, a windproof jacket, a heated helmet, gloves, and insulated boots. All this is necessary in order to fully enjoy the pastime in winter.