A dead ATV battery can put a damper on your plans and ruin the mood especially if you’re with company. In situations like these it helps to have some working knowledge of batteries and how to revive them.
The charging system of an ATV battery operates on 12 VDC which is the same as most automobiles.
This piece of information has probably already given you a clue as to how the dead ATV battery can be fixed and in this article we will look at the steps that should be followed in order to safely start a dead battery.
Check the Battery
First things first, it is important to ascertain if a dead battery is actually what is stopping the ATV from running.
Vehicles that have been sitting idle for an extended period of time tend to lose the power in their batteries. To confirm whether or not the battery is the problem you can turn on the ignition and check if it starts or not.
If there is no response from the ATV it is safe to assume that the battery is dead even if it was working perfectly the last time.
If the engine does turn on but seems slow or lethargic with the motor spinning for a few minutes that also means there is something wrong with the battery.
It is not strong enough to spin the motor and requires recharging. If there is a clicking sound but no motion in the motor then there might be a loose connection or a battery problem.
Once you have concluded that the battery is dead there are three ways to revive the dead battery. The one you choose depends on the equipment you have available at hands. Each one has a specific use so they can be applied by anyone to restart their battery.
Jump Start with an AT V
An ATV can be jump started in the same way a car is. This requires jumper cables to be at hand obviously which does not usually happen with most ATVs. But if you do have the good fortune of finding jumper cables and another ATV present then you can go through with this method.
It is suggested that you let the engine run once it starts so it does not heat up. Otherwise, the battery might die again and you will not be able to revive it. This only charges the battery temporarily and is not a long-term solution.
Jump Start with a Car
The ATV can also be jump started using a car which follows the same step as jump starting with another ATV. The only difference here is that the car has a different battery and a much stronger charging system than a quad bike’s.
This is why the car should under no circumstances be started during the process of jump starting. A car battery has enough power in it to start up an ATV without having to be turned on itself.
Caution is advised when you are working with electricity and the person carrying out the process should be wearing thick rubber soled shoes. Also the red terminal of the battery should not be touched as it could electrocute you.
Use a Standalone Battery Charger
There are many standalone battery chargers on the market these days which are multipurpose. Not only are they useful for charging cars but can also work on other vehicles such as ATVs. The process is simple enough for anyone to follow it.
There you have it! Those are the three ways in which you can charge a dead battery and bring it back to life. There are many other ways to solve the dead ATV battery problem but the right solution for you depends on your situation. However, these three methods are a safe bet and can get any ATV up and running in no time.