Inspect your Utv / Atv brake system

Inspect your Utv / Atv brake system

Inspect your Utv / Atv brake system

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All You Need to Know about Your ATV/UTV’s Brake System

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Riding your ATV or UTV is so much fun, especially if you have utilized it enough. However, it can be a really dreadful thing to have once damages have occurred. As the owner, to avoid intense damages, you have to make sure that you have it checked regularly. You have to make sure that you clean it regularly to avoid accumulation of things that can damage its parts and make sure the engine is always filled with clean and appropriate fluid.

However, those are not the only ones worth maintaining. One of the most important things you regularly have to check is your brake system. You might not have the time to have your UTV or ATV checked regularly, and sometimes that is acceptable, although highly discouraged especially if you are always going on off-road trips. However, the brake system is something you have to check regularly, and this article will tell you why.

Why You Should Check Your Brake System?

Just like any other vehicle, checking your ATV or UTV’s brake system is important for safety reasons. If it does not work well, you will surely lose control and get into an accident. Your brake system is your safety net, especially when you drive too fast or when you encounter something that you should not hit. One of the leading causes of vehicular accidents is a malfunctioning brake system, aside from human error. It is always safe to check your brake system, especially before going on trips.

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When Should You Check Your Brake System?

For safety purposes, it is best to have it checked perhaps monthly. But there are certain signs that tell you when you need to have it checked. For instance, if you are already hearing unusual and suspicious signs when you use your brakes, it may mean that something has accumulated in your brake system that should not be there. Other signs may come in the form of pulling, which means that when you use your brakes, your vehicle automatically goes to one side of the street instead of staying on its lane; low pedal, which means that you have to step on your brakes harder to make it work; unusual and suspicious vibrations; and malfunctioning brake lights.

You have to understand that your brake system is what you usually use a lot, aside from your gas pedal. As such, it is normal for it to thin out as time goes by. However, it is also one of the most important systems in your ATV or UTV, or whatever vehicle for that matter. You can’t really afford to have a dysfunctional brake system.

How to Check Your Brake System?

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If you are unsure of how to check your off-road vehicle’s brake system, here are the steps to do it effectively.

  1. Locate the brake fluid reservoir and open it. If you do not know where to find it, it is actually on top of the master cylinder. Just unscrew the cap, which is easily done by hand because it is usually made out of plastic. Make sure you do not contaminate this part, and you can do that by making sure nothing, not even dirt, goes into that. Some brake fluid reservoirs are not made of plastic but metal. You can easily open it using a screw.
  2. Check out the lid. You will know if your brake fluid is low by looking at the diaphragm cups. They are designed to be pushed down when the brake fluid decreases, so that it is at par with the fluid and to avoid getting contaminated by dust and dirt. If you see them in this position, you can always use your cleanest finger to push it back. After this, you can put back the lid, but just make sure it is clean.
  3. Check the level of your brake fluid. In the master cylinder, you can check if your brake fluid hits the full line by looking at the side of the cylinder. If it is not sufficient, go ahead and buy the appropriate brake fluid for your vehicle. Be sure to do this as quickly as possible because it can get easily contaminated.
  4. Check if you have the right fluid. The color of the brake fluid is usually brown. If it becomes darker than the usual brown color, it is time to replace it because it already accumulated gunk. It might just affect the performance of your brake system.
  5. Check for other unusual things. Do not forget to check under the master cylinder for other unusual things that should not be there. You can check if there are stain marks, if the oil seeps through, or if there are traces of evaporation. Also check if there is gunk. You can use a lighting device such as a flashlight to check properly. This is where you will know if your master cylinder or the whole brake system is actually working well.
  6. Test your brake system. Do a little and safe test drive to see if your vehicle stops properly and effectively when you use your brakes. Otherwise, it is time to take it with you to a repairman for safety measures. You would not want it to be an accident waiting to happen.
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