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My LT80 Won't Start

Updated February 21, 2017

The Suzuki LT80 is an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that allows users to travel over long distances in rugged terrain. If you can't get your LT80 to start, there are several things that you can do before you take it to a repair shop. The LT80 is a gas powered ATV and most of the problems either occur with its battery, fuel, or the starter. You can troubleshoot the issue yourself with little hassle before you spend money on a technician.

Check the battery on your LT80. The battery is located under the seat next to the engine and the gearshift. Make sure that the battery terminals are connected properly. Use a pair of pliers to tighten the connections to the battery.

Check the battery with a battery tester. Connect the red and black leads of the tester to the red and black terminals on the battery. The LT80 uses a 12 volt battery and your reading should be at 12 volts. If you do not get a 12V reading, try jumping the battery from a working ATV. Let it run for about 15 minutes to charge the battery.

Cut the LT80 off and then try to restart it. If you cannot restart the LT80, replace the battery.

Check the fuel level on the LT80. This is the easiest fix, but your ATV definitely won't start without gas.

Drain the gas tank if you have kept the ATV outside during all winter with gas inside the tank. Use a suction hose to drain the tank and then replace with new gas.

Have the ATV taken to a service shop to get the alternator checked. Specialised service shops will have the equipment to hook your alternator up to a diagnostic machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Battery tester
  • New battery
  • Gas
  • Suction hose
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Charles Poole holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University. He started freelancing in college for local publications in Boone, N.C. and is continuing his career through online freelancing with a specialization in affiliate marketing, blogging and SEO.