If you own an ATV, at some point in time, you need to change the oil, to make sure that your ATV runs smoothly. So, let’s look how much does an oil change costs, why you need an oil change and why you shouldn’t skip one?
So how much does an ATV oil change cost?
The oil change costs for an ATV can come anywhere between $30-55. The oil change process is much like an oil change for your car. A basic ATV oil change also involves draining the old oil and replacing it with new and fresh engine oil along with changing the oil filter as well.
Why is regular oil change necessary for ATVs?
Routine maintenance is essential to keep your ATV in the best health. Not only an ATV but any machine that consists of an internal combustion engine mostly run on fossil fuels. The major role of the engine oil in your ATV is to lubricate, clean, and safeguard the moving parts from the daily wear and tear. Fresh oil keeps you’re the parts lubricated and engine protected for a long time. Failure to do so will end up costing a lot of money on engine repairs. Make sure to check your owner’s manual to know the oil change intervals.
What do you need for an ATV oil change?
- Manufacturer recommended engine oil
- Oil Filter
- Bowl/Pan to collect used oil
- Oil Funnel
- Needed wrenches
- Rags / towels
What is the procedure for an ATV Oil Change?
Changing the oil is much simpler than you think. Please follow the procedures outlined below for an ATV oil change:
- Make sure you have all the supplies you need handy
- Go for a short ride or just start the engine and keep it running for 5-10 mins. This ensures the oil gets warmer and makes it easier to drain the oil
- Look for the drain bolt, unscrew it and collect the used oil in an oil pan/bowl
- Once you have collected the last drop of the used oil, replace the old filter with a new one. It ensures that all the harmful particles get filtered from the oil before entering the moving parts.
- Next, add the new engine oil, and that’s it you are done changing oil for your ATV.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which oil should you use?
A: It is always better to go with the instructions provided in the owner’s manual. No one other than the manufacturer can tell you which is the best oil for your ATV to last forever.
Q: Is the oil change procedure different for a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke ATV?
A: The major process of draining and replacing the new oil is much the same. The only difference in 2-stroke engines is that there is no oil filter, and the oil used is a mixture that consists of both oil and gas.
Q: How often should you change oil for your ATV?
A: It generally depends on the type of ATV your own and how often you use your ATV. Generally, it is recommended to change the oil every 100 hours of usage. But it is always safe to check with the ATV service manual for the exact interval time.