ATV stored in garage.

Prepare your ATV or UTV for winter storage

Preparing your ATV or UTV for winter storage helps protect it and makes it easier to get your off-road vehicle back on the trails when you're ready.

Winterizing your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility vehicle (UTV) can help prepare it for long-term storage. Check your owner's manual for ATV or UTV storage tips specific to your vehicle. Use these tips to get started.

Before you winterize ATVs or UTVs consider:

  • Location: Decide where you'll store your ATV or UTV- an ATV garage storage area, storage shed or other location.
  • Cost: Determine how much you are willing to spend on UTV or ATV storage.
  • Utilization: Think about if you want to ride during the winter season or keep your ATV or UTV stored full-time.

Prepping for winter ATV and UTV storage

  • Contact your insurance agent to discuss whether your current policy includes coverage for off-road or recreational vehicle use.
  • Make any necessary repairs such as new brakes, tires or other ATV or UTV maintenance.
  • Clean your ATV or UTV to help prevent corrosion.
  • Change the oil and filter, then run the engine for a short period to circulate the clean oil.
  • Clean or replace the air filter.
  • Clean, adjust and lubricate the chain, if needed.
  • Clean and lubricate all control cables and pedals.
  • Remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place safely away from children. Keep it charged, or on a trickle charger, to maintain the battery.
  • Remove the spark plugs and pour a tablespoon of engine oil into the cylinders, then crank the engine over to coat them.
  • Fill the gas tank or add a fuel stabilizer to help eliminate harmful condensation.
  • Inflate tires to correct air pressure and, if recommended, raise the ATV or UTV so the tires are off the ground.

Storing your ATV or UTV

Cover the exhaust opening to prevent critters from taking up residence and cover your ATV or UTV with a breathable cloth. Just remember to remove any covering from the exhaust before you use the vehicle. Storing your ATV or UTV in a dry location will help protect it from the snow and cold. Consider avoiding sunlight that might reach plastic components or land on the tires.

Before you take your ATV or UTV out of storage to hit the trails again, be sure to talk with your local State Farm® insurance agent to make sure you've selected the right coverage for your off-road insurance.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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