Preparing Your Power Sports Machines for the First Spring Ride

When pulling your machine out for the first time in a long time (i.e. after the Winter), it can be a task to get it to fire up. Whether ATVs to Mopeds, this can be very frustrating when you are itching to do some riding.

One of the first things we recommend is checking to see if your gas has gone bad; one way to know if gas is bad is to give it a smell - if it smells sour or stale, your gas is bad. If you cannot tell if it smells bad, you can always check the color of it. If the gas looks yellow at all, chances are your gas is bad. Once you have determined that the gas is foul, the next step is to drain the gas and replace it with fresh gas.

Our next recommendation goes hand-in-hand with the first. We recommend blowing out the carburetor with compressed air. This helps to clean out and reset the carburetor. This allows you to set the float back where it needs to be, blow air through the jets and free up any debris that may be trapped inside the carburetor.

You’ll also want to check the air box for moisture or blockages, along with checking your oil and verifying that the engine is lubricated properly.

If you cannot get the machine started after these steps, you may want to use some starting fluid/ether - spray just a quick shot right on the air filter or in the air box. Retry starting procedure. If this yields no results, you should bring your machine in to your nearest mechanic. If you’re mechanically inclined, we also have technical support videos with more advanced troubleshooting step-by-step guides.
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