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What do I really need besides an oI’ll change each year. Every other year I take it to the dealership to get it checked over, oil change, differential fluid changed and joints lubricated. But even if I take it back just for an oil change to the dealership, they charge an arm and a leg just to do that. I am looking to do that myself and I just was wondering if there is anything else that needs to be checked on an annual basis. I drive about 250 miles per year.
 

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All the recommended checks should be in the manual. I change the oil and lube as directed. Another area to check would belt adjustments if you have a belt. You'll find the recommended oil at Walmart and I buy filters in bulk at Amazon.

I change the plugs every couple of years. BTW I use Sea Foam in the gas. It keeps the carb or injectors clean. I also use Stabile in the gas.

I do all my own work. I have never taken one back to the dealer for service. It is not hard.

BTW the first on I bought was a Suzuki LT-230 in 1984. I gave it to a friend and he is still riding it.
 

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BTW YouTube is your friend. If you need to do something to your ATV you will probably find instructions on YouTube.
 

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What do I really need besides an oI’ll change each year. Every other year I take it to the dealership to get it checked over, oil change, differential fluid changed and joints lubricated. But even if I take it back just for an oil change to the dealership, they charge an arm and a leg just to do that. I am looking to do that myself and I just was wondering if there is anything else that needs to be checked on an annual basis. I drive about 250 miles per year.
I do pretty much the same as you... My Kawasaki is almost 11 years old...Starts and run great cold weather. I use Lucas oil for gas treatment now and then.
 

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Depending on the type of use (trail riding, tooling around the house, dragging food plot equipment...) would dictate how often to change your oil, Id suggest doing it twice a year. Everyone else already gave some other good suggestions.
 

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If I’m not gonna use them for plowing snow I always plug them into a low amp battery tender. At this time when I service them I get them off the ground and check wheel bearing tightness.

Not really a servicing item, but now would be a great time to replace a torn or worn seat cover. The replacement covers are about $40-45, easy to install, and your seat will look like new again. Change them before you start loosing chunks of foam cushion.
 

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WD-40 all your cables, choke, throttle,brakes anything that has or looks like a spring! Pull the tires once a year,clean all the mud and dirt out adjust your brakes . My rancher has all drums and the wheel cylinders always need clean and lube. Just look and tug to see if anything is loose or bent. I try to do all the work myself. except last year I had swing arm bearing went bad and the tool to remove it cost 80 bucks. Cost me 140 to have it done. Not sure what atv you have ? make sure the oil you use is also for a wet clutch transmission if not belt driven.
 

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59 Willy’s is right about the WD-40. The WD is short for water displacement. Not only does it lubricate the inside of the cable and prevent rust, it’ll also get rid of any water that finds its way into the cable. I had a quad this year that had a throttle cable sticking when the temps were low. It had ice forming inside. Removed the throttle, and sprayed a bunch of WD-40 into the cable jacket. Never stuck after that. I did the same with an ignition switch that iced up overnight...wouldn’t allow you to insert the key. Fixed that also.
 
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