How often should I start my four wheeler to keep it running properly?

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  • How often should I start my four wheeler to keep it running properly?


Answer #1 | 17/12 2013 17:40
How of often do you ride it? Most engines wont be damaged by sitting but things like the battery will die over the winter easily. I would say if you keep the battery tenderized or buy a new one every spring. Then starting it and taking it for a small ride once a month is ok. Ive had cars and bikes sit for over a year. The usual things that go wrong are spark plugs and battery, everything else is fine. If you dont ride for a while or start the 4 wheeler. Make sure to change the fluids.
Answer #2 | 17/12 2013 18:57
The biggest problem with vehicles that sit for a long time is the fuel. It actually gets gummy then it dries out to a hard substance. Either put a fuel stabilizer in the fuel, or drain out the fuel from the tank, then run the engine till it dies, then keep trying to restart it a few times to purge out any gas, or you can start and run it for 5 - 10 minutes once a month or so to keep the fuel moving.
Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 08:11
from experience with winterizing golf course equipment, from golf carts to mowers and tractors....some simple steps we use -fuel stabilizer is a must if it is going to be sitting for a while. -some electrical can be fussy, so with some equipment we unhook the negative terminal. -starting and running it is a good idea, once or twice a month if possible. it will help keep the seals and components lubricated with oil or grease(which settle over time), which inhibits corrosion and dry rot. the biggest thing to understand when starting anything is that you should let it run for a while. get it up to temperature and let it run for another 15 minutes, throttle up and down as well. when your motor sits moisture can build up in places it shouldn't be, and just starting the engine for a few minutes can actually make this worse. temperature differentials cause condensation. so the hope is that if you let the vehicle get to temperature and keep it there for some time you burn off and flush out the potentially damaging moisture. -to continue on that point...moisture anywhere is bad. most of the ware and tare on any vehicle is due to moisture. so try to keep it as dry as possible where it is stored. just some thoughts, hopefully it helps!

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