Suzuki ATV Repair Troubleshooting

by Mark Spowart
ATVs can be used for work or play.

ATVs can be used for work or play.

Suzuki ATVs (all terrain vehicles) are a four-wheeled, gas-powered vehicles that the rider operates in a similar way to a motorbike. The rider sits in the open and uses a combination of hand and foot controls for gas, brakes and gear selection. These vehicles can be used for either pleasure activities such as riding a trail or pathway, or they may be equipped with baskets or other compartments that will allow you transport tools or other items to a work site. You can troubleshoot a Suzuki ATV at home before taking it to a repair facility if it is not work working correctly.

Note any strange noises or smells that may come from the engine when you attempt to start the ATV.

Remove the gas filler cap and check the level of gas. Some Suzuki ATV's have fuel gauges on them, older models do not. If your ATV does not have sufficient fuel it will not start.

Pull the oil dipstick from the engine and observe the oil level. Oil is an important fluid that keeps the engine running smoothly and protects it from seizing as it lubricates all the moving parts. If the engine is empty of oil, it may have a seized cylinder that is preventing the engine from starting.

Connect a battery meter to the posts on the Suzuki ATV battery posts. If the battery is not holding the correct amount of power, the engine may not start. If the meter you are using has a "load test" button, press this button. The test replicates the amount of power that is needed to start the ATV. If the battery fails the test, then it needs to be replaced.

Inspect the air intake and exhaust leading into and out of the engine. Debris, leaves or other items may become lodged in the intake. Insufficient airflow to the engine could affect performance.

Items you will need

  • Battery meter and tester

About the Author

Since 2002 Mark Spowart has been working as a freelance writer and photographer in London, Canada. He has publication credits for writing and/or photography in Canada, The United States, Europe and Norway, with such titles as "The Globe & Mail," "The National Post," Canada News Wire, Sun Media and "Business Edge" magazine.

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