Washing Your ATV

It is important to clean and inspect your ATV after every ride if it is used in mud, bush, grass, fresh water, salt water, or very dusty conditions.

  • The build up of mud, bush, grass etc., especially on the engine and exhaust system, can reduce engine cooling, conceal damage or increase wear of certain parts. It is important to remove all debris during cleaning.
  • Block or seal the end of the exhaust pipe (muffler) using a piece of plastic wrap, clothrag or another method to prevent water from entering the engine.


With some care, your ATV can be washed in a similar manner to washing an automobile. Avoid spraying or allowing water to flow over the following places:

  • ignition switch
  • spark plug
  • fuel tank cap
  • carburetor
  • brake master cylinder
  • snorkel air intake for air filter and carburetor (The snorkel air intake opening is located at the highest point on the ATV, usually in front of the seat).

Use a garden hose at low pressure to remove the majority of dirt or other debris. Hand wash your ATV with mild soap or detergent and water. Try to thoroughly remove all dirt and debris without excessive water pressure, even at remote areas such as linkages or mounting brackets. Cloth rags, washing mitts or cleaning brushes may scratch the plastic or painted surfaces. Rinse the ATV thoroughly with clean water. Dry all areas using a chamois or soft absorbent cloth.

Northumberland District ATV Riders Club