Part of the routine maintenance for your ATV or side by side is keeping track of its proper tire pressure. Having one or more tires that are under or over inflated can negatively affect the handling and safety of your machine. Riding on improperly inflated tires can also create abnormal wear and tear on your tires, causing premature tire damage. Follow these useful tips to ensure your tires keep your ride safe and last for years to come.
1. Purchase an ATV tire pressure gauge.
Most car pressure gauges measure PSI (pounds-force per square inch) starting at 5 PSI, however because ATVs typically have lower tire pressures, a specialized gauge is required to read your ATV’s tire pressure. Typical ATV gauges start at 0 PSI, so if you try to use a tire pressure gauge made for a car, you may misinterpret the reading.
If you’re not sure where to buy an ATV tire pressure gauge, your dealer should have various specialized gauges for sale at his/her location.
2. Check recommended tire pressure measurements.
When you purchase your CFMOTO ATV or side by side, your dealer will provide you with its official owners manual, which will include your machine’s recommended PSI. Oftentimes, the recommended pressure differs from front tires to back tires, so be sure to double check the manual before hitting the trails.
*Note: Because tire pressure has a direct effect in regard to ATV safety, it should be checked prior to every ride. This is especially true as the tires age and naturally wear.
3. Check air pressure when temperatures fluctuate.
Just like when you have to check your tire pressure for your car when temperatures change, the same is true for your ATV or side by side. This step is especially important for those who live in states that see both hot summers and brisk winters. When the temperatures start cooling down in the fall, your tire pressure will naturally decrease, meaning, you will likely need to add air to each tire.
Be sure to check and adjust your ATV’s tire pressure again once outdoor temperatures dip below freezing. Odds are you will have to add just a bit more air to those tires, especially if you want to continue to use your CFMOTO machine throughout the winter. And when temperatures start rising? You may have to release some air from those tires so the PSI numbers align with what is listed in the machine’s manual.
When testing and adjusting your ATV’s tire pressure, keep in mind all of our vehicles require varying PSI numbers. Understanding how to operate your ATV or side by side inside and out is important before you consider hopping on your machine and taking it for a ride. To ensure you feel safe every time you ride, every one of our CFMOTO dealers offers a hands-on safety training course for new CFMOTO owners, which will also cover testing and adjusting the tire pressure. For more machine safety information, visit our Vehicle Safety page, or get in touch your nearest dealer.