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Prepare your ATV or UTV for winter storage

Preparing your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility vehicle (UTV) for winter storage helps protect it and makes it easier for you to get your off-road vehicle back on the trails when you’re ready. Check your owner’s manual for ATV or UTV storage tips specific to your vehicle.

ATV stored in garage

Before you winterize ATVs or UTVs consider:

  • Location: Decide where you’ll store your ATV or UTV- a garage, storage shed, or other location.
  • Cost: Determine how much you are willing to spend on ATV or UTV 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 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.
  • Remove the spark plugs and pour a tablespoon of engine oil into the cylinders, then crank the engine over to coat them.
  • Inflate tires to correct air pressure and, if recommended, raise the ATV or UTV so the tires are off the ground.
  • Cover the exhaust opening to prevent critters from taking up residence.
  • Cover your ATV or UTV with a breathable cloth.

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 off-road or recreational vehicle insurance.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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