Prepare your ATV or UTV for winter storage

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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 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.
  • 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 your off-road insurance.


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