The Mechanic’s Guide To Jumpstarting Your ATV’s Battery

So, you’ve decided to take the ride of your life — but you notice that your ATV’s battery is dead.

That’s not something to worry about— a dead battery could mean you’ll have to jumpstart your ATV.

Jumpstarting a dead ATV battery is a straightforward process that requires minimal tools or expertise. It can provide your ATV with the power it needs to get you out of an uneasy situation.

The Good news? There are multiple ways to jumpstart your ATV’s dead battery. We have discussed the most actionable ones in this article.

Have a look.

Using Compression Start

This method is also called bump starting an ATV. In this method,

The first step is to put the ATV in the first or second gear. Next, you need to give the ATV a little push while pulling in the clutch. When this happens, the ATV is ready to bump start. You can then release the clutch so that the engine starts to turn over. Let the engine run at idle for a while in order to charge the battery.

One common problem you may face here is the skidding of tires, especially when you are doing compression start in the first gear, on a slippery surface. Either shift up or take your ATV to the tarmac.

Using Jumper Cables

Jumper cables are a quick way to start an ATV, but they do come with several safety risks. With jumper cables that connect positive to positive and negative to negative, you’re essentially hooking up two 12-volt batteries in a parallel arrangement, so it is very important to make sure that you and any bystanders avoid touching both the vehicles and the jumper cables at the same time.

This method is especially effective when you’re stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere. It’s always a good idea to carry a spare battery and jumper cables with your quad to tackle such a problem.

Using a Car Battery

Car batteries and ATV batteries are very similar. You can connect a car battery to an ATV battery to jumpstart an ATV.

Start by connecting the negative terminals first, then the positive terminals. Understand that the car battery charges at a higher rate than your ATV. So, anytime in the process, DO NOT turn on the car because the car’s alternator can damage the ATV battery. The car’s battery should have enough power to jumpstart the ATV.

Using a Battery Pack

Though this method is one of the easiest to follow, it is also one of the most expensive ones on the list.

Instead of hooking your ATV battery with another ATV battery or a car battery, you hook your quad’s battery with a pre-charged battery pack. The use of jumper cables remains the same in either case.

The only downside to this method is that you will have to carry extra weight on your ATV, which may hamper the fun and performance.

Final Word

Follow the steps mentioned in this article to jumpstart your ATV successfully. However, you may also notice a need for ATV parts replacement or purchase. In that case, you can check out Briney Motorsports. They have all the solutions to your ATV problems!

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