How to Troubleshoot a Kazuma ATV

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How to Troubleshoot a Kazuma ATV
It is important to take proper care of your ATV. (quad 1 image by charly_lippert from Fotolia.com)

There's nothing like hopping on an ATV and roaring off down the beach or into the desert. These powerful machines open up a whole new world of outdoor exploring. Kazuma has more than 30 different models of quad bikes, off-road bikes and ATVs. These are hardy machines. However, with all that bouncing and rattling, wear and tear inevitably occurs. If small problems begin to creep into the system, it is best to troubleshoot them right away.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check the battery fluid if the battery is losing charge too quickly. Fill the battery fluid chamber with distilled water. Make sure to fill within the upper and lower levels marked on the battery. Check the battery fluid at least once a month.

  2. 2

    Check that the tire pressure is the same in all four tires. If the pressure gets too low, a tire could dislodge from the rim.

  3. 3

    Check that there is enough oil in the engine. Clean the dipstick before checking the level. Make sure that the oil level is between the two markers on the dipstick. Overfilling or under-filling can damage the engine.

  4. 4

    Adjust the carburettor if the engine is idling rough. Warm the engine for 3-5 minutes, then turn the ATV off. Turn the mixture screw clockwise on the carburettor until it is fully closed. Turn the engine on. Twist the mixture screw out by two full turns. Adjust the idling screw until the engine idles smoothly. Turn the mixture screw slightly clockwise and counter-clockwise until the maximum engine REVs are reached. Adjust the idling screw again until the engine runs easily.

  5. 5

    Blow the air filter out with compressed air. Replace the filter if necessary. Never operate the engine without the air filter. Dust particles could damage the engine.

  6. 6

    Check that the spark plug gap is 0.6 to 0.7mm. Always wipe the gasket (seal) clean when installing a spark plug. Wipe any dirt from the spark plug threads. Make sure not to over-tighten the plug. This could strip the threads.

Tips and warnings

  • Always release the choke once the engine is warm.
  • Always turn the fuel valve to the "Off" position when the ATV is not in use.
  • Do not use anything other than distilled water when filling the battery.
  • Do not drive the ATV in water deep enough to submerge the engine. The belt could get wet and slip, causing the ATV to lose power.
  • The life of your ATV engine will be reduced if the air filter is never cleaned or replaced.

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