Should You Warm Up an ATV? [HOW TO WARM IT UP]

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Yes, you should do a proper warm-up before opening the throttle. To warm up your ATV, follow the owner’s manual of popular ATV brands such as Polaris, Honda, and Alterra. Depending on how cold it is. A minute or so in the warm, 5+ minutes when it’s cold out.

Take your time!

Should You Warm Up an ATV?

During the cold months, or if you have abandoned your bike for a very long time, it becomes a necessity to warm things up so your belt and other components can function as expected.

  • Hard Start

Like a car, ATVs also find it hard to start during cold months. Fluids thicken, and the spark plug might fail to ignite since manufacturers hardly make a-5w-30 engine oil.

Don’t be surprised if you get a “hard start” meaning the engine starts with some effort and it might sound a bit rough until the oil lubricates everything.

  • Frozen Coolant

Check the coolant before you start your ATV to confirm if it is frozen or not.

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Avoid starting the engine if that is frozen too. Thaw it and replace instead.

Frozen coolant will overheat your engine in no time and that’s no fun at all.

The best means of preventing frozen coolant problem is by replacing your coolant after summer diding with an anti-freeze that protects it from overheating and freezing.

A lot of high rates coolants sold online is able to protect at least to sub-freezing temperatures but more drastic weather extremes need an anti-freeze type of coolant.

If you store your ATVs during winter then you need to replace the old coolant with fresh anti-freeze to prevent any issues during winter periods.

  • Suspension Problems

Once you begin riding and notice the suspension feeling a bit stuff. Don’t be scared, as that is normal.

Keep on riding and don’t mess with it. The suspension won’t work properly until the suspension fluid gets warm enough.

10 minutes+ riding and you should feel the normal suspension return.

  • Cold-Seized Engine

It’s not impossible to seize the engine if you roll the throttle too soon after starting the engine.

This is popularly known as “cold-seized engine”. Ice cold oil doesn’t properly lubricate right-away so even though the engine is rolling keep the RPMs low and wait for the oil to heat before giving the engine some revs.

It’s very similar to starting an engine with no oil, all the unlubricated engine parts quickly seize without adequate protection.

  • Rock Hard Tires

Don’t expect those cold, hardy tires to feel “normal” until they encounter some friction through riding.

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Like the suspension, the tires will eventually warm up and work appropriately but it may take some time though.

Tire pressure changes about 1 psi for every 10 degrees in temperature change so keep an eye on the tire pressure, add air when needed but recheck after some time riding to make sure you’re not over-pressured since a 3 psi gain is possible.

Should You Warm Up an ATV

How Long Does It Take To Warm Up A Quad?

Letting it warm up is a waste of gas and money anything more than a minute or so. In 35 years of driving and riding I have NEVER heard of one engine failure due to running a slightly warm engine.

I agree, I let it run for about one minute and then run slow for a couple more minutes then it’s good to go.

How Long Should You Let Your ATV Warm Up?

It takes 3-5 minutes to warm up all parts of an ATV. Some even do 1 minute. So, the choice is yours to make.

Warming up for that long can build up exhaust in a tight space so ensure you do this in an open area, with access to good airflow.

Can I start my ATV on a hill or walk it backwards to the bottom?

No, do not do this! Always start your ride on a level surface. This prevents the engine fluids from being tilted to one side, thereby cutting flow to the whole engine.

How Long To Turn The Ignition To Start It And How Long To Wait If It Doesn’t

Turn the ignition for anywhere from 5-8 seconds. Doing more than this creates an extra wear on the starter motor which makes it to be replaced sooner.

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However, If it doesn’t start on the first try you should wait for 5 to 15 seconds before attempting to start it again.

Is It Bad To Rev a Quad?

It depends. Doing this once in a while is fine but consistent revving up will lead to increased wear and tear on the engine. Keeping the revs at the maximum it can go for a sustained period of time can also blow the engine. The best way to rev the engine is to keep the revs as low as possible for the speed.

Does Hitting the Rev Limiter Hurt the Engine?

Hitting the rev limiter once in a while is fine. But, consistently doing this contributes to wear and tear of the ATV engine. It also burns more fuel, as the engine is not working efficiently. It’s best practice not to hit the rev limiter where possible.

How Should You Practice For An Emergency Situation On An Atv?

Position yourself by sitting on your ATV and practice locating each control without looking at it. Operating a control by second nature is will be beneficial in an emergency situations.

What Position Is Recommended for Carrying Passengers On An Atv?

Sitting is the best position to maintain for highest stability and safety of both rider and passenger. Remember to Keep your feet firmly on the footrests.

What Riding Position Is The Best Position For Climbing?

The standing position is the position for climbing steep hills.

Where Is The Spark Arrestor/Muffler Typically Located?

The spark arrestor can be found at the end of the muffler assembly.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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