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Fixing a Dead ATV Battery
It happens to the best of us. Winter comes, we store our favorite summer vehicles, and we let them sit. When spring arrives, we forget how long our ATVs and motorcycles go without any power. You may get lucky, or you may discover you’ve got a dead battery when you turn the key. Maybe you know it’s coming. You meant to do regular maintenance on your ATV, but time got away from you.

Luckily, with a little bit of elbow grease, you might be able to bring it back to life.

The Telltale Signs of a Dead ATV Battery
-The engine turns but feels slow
-The motor spins and slows to a stop
-There’s a clicking sound but no motor activity
-There’s sulfate build up

3 Methods to Restore a Dead ATV Battery

Compression Start

Starting your ATV with the compression method can be a bit tricky. You are basically tricking your motor into turning.

Ask your friends and family for help because you’ll need to get your ATV rolling at least 3 mph. You can also try rolling it down a hill. Once you get it moving, someone will need to insert the key or run switch. Second or third gear is usually the easiest to use for this step. Now, roll the ATV as fast as you can. Release the clutch. When you hear the engine turn, give it some gas, and if all goes well, it should start. Don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time.

ATV Jump Start – requires jumper cables

If you have more than one ATV, you could jump-start one ATV with another. Grab some jumper cables, and expose the batteries. Connect the red clamp to the positive battery post of the dead battery. Then connect the other red clamp to the positive post on the good battery. Connect one black clamp to the negative post on the good battery then ground the other black end of the cable on the frame to prevent any surges. Once you have both ATVs hooked up, start the ATV that runs and let it idle before trying to start the other. Once it starts, remove the red cable from the good battery and then the battery you’re jumping. Do the same for the black cable.

Once your dead ATV is running, let it run for a bit before shutting it off.

Car Jump Start – requires jumper cables

You can jump-start an ATV with a car the same way you jump-start another car with a car. Keep in mind that most other motor vehicles’ batteries have a higher capacity and voltage than an ATV’s. Since car batteries are so much stronger, you shouldn’t have the car engine running if you plan on jumping your ATV using this method. One, it just isn’t safe. Two, why create more work?

Ways to Avoid a Dead Battery
• Don’t let your ATV sit too long without any activity.
• Don’t overcharge the battery. Monitor your battery’s charging cycles.
• Check to make sure headlights, electric starts and alarms are off if you want maximum power-saving efficiency.

Sometimes there is no remedy for a dead battery. Or your problem could be something other than your battery entirely. If none of the above methods work for you, stop in at your local Auto Tire and Parts NAPA, and we’ll be happy to help you troubleshoot. We have all-terrain vehicle parts for most quads, quad bikes, three-wheelers and four-wheelers.

ATV Tip: Remember there’s no roadside assistance on the trails.
When you’re off enjoying your ATV, anything can go wrong. Keep a set of tools in a waterproof case just in the event of an emergency. Stop in at Auto Tire and Parts NAPA for all the tools you know you need and some you don’t.
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