What Can Cause a Four Wheeler Not to Start?

There are very few things that are more irritating than your four wheeler not starting, especially when you need to use it. Naturally, you will want to know why it’s not starting. Here are a couple of reasons why your four wheeler may not start.

The first reason is that your four wheeler has battery problems. If you are struggling with problems related to the electrics inside your four wheeler, you may want to get a new battery for your four wheeler.

Check the battery is working well but getting a multi meter and set it to voltage. You’re going to need to see a reading that’s above 12v on the multimeter.

If it’s less than this, it’s a good sign that you need to get a new battery or you need to charge it. ATVA Online goes into detail below.

The other problem is that your ATV isn’t getting any spark. If the spark is weak or lacking altogether, your ATV may struggle to start.

It may turn over but the fuel probably won’t ignite so you can’t get the vehicle starting. You can usually rectify this by getting a new spark plug, but otherwise you may need to get some other checks done if this doesn’t help.

You should also check that your ATV is actually getting fuel. You may have a hard time getting the four wheeler to start if it isn’t getting any fuel. Checking the gas flow is fairly easy to do, and you will generally find that a lot of fuel issues for ATVs are rather simple to fix.

It’s worth checking the air flow on your ATV too, since the four wheeler may not start if there isn’t enough air flow available. Always check that the air filter is cleaned out - it’s a super simple fix and it can save you agonizing in future over why your ATV won’t start.

Other reasons that your ATV may not start include having gas that’s too old in the tank and an engine that isn’t getting enough compression.

How can you tell if an ATV starter is bad?

Not sure if your ATV starter is bad? There are a few different things that you can look out for to see if your suspicions are correct.

First of all, keep your ears open. You will usually be able to hear when an ATV starter is bad - something will likely just sound off. You may notice that there are some clicking noises. With that being said, sometimes starters can be bad and not make a single sound.

You can also tell if an ATV starter is bad by looking at the lights. If the lights are turning on in your car but the engine doesn’t get started, this can signal towards a problem with the starter inside of the ATV.

How do you start a four wheeler after sitting?

If you haven’t used your ATV in a while, you may find that it’s a little difficult to get it to start up. In these situations, you will need to find a way to get it started.

This may seem obvious, but the first thing that you should do is attempt to start the ATV. This will tell you whether it’s working or not. Sometimes the ATV will be a little tricky to start after it’s been sitting for a while, in which case you may need to do a little bit of extra maintenance before hitting the road. Having patience when starting your four wheeler is essential though.

If your ATV doesn’t start straight away there are a few different things that you can do. First, drain out the fuel tank and then clean it out. It’ll be important to get some new, fresh gas into your ATV if you want it to run properly. Old fuel can start to clog up your car, so it’s best to just give it some new juice! Then, try to clean out the carburetor if you have one.

Some other things that you can do include changing the oil, changing the spark plugs, charging or replacing the battery to the ATV or changing the air filter. These are all great things to do before getting your four wheeler started again. More often than not, you shouldn’t need to do much more than this.

Why does my 4 wheeler click when I try to start it?

It can always be a little concerning when you start to hear your 4 wheeler clicking when you try to start it. Of course, there are two key reasons why you may hear clicking when you try to start your vehicle.

First of all, your vehicle may start clicking if you have a weak battery. It may also start clicking if you have a bad starter relay.

Count the number of clicks that you get to figure out which one of these problems you are facing. If there are a lot of clicks, it’s usually because the battery is weak. Replacing the battery can usually solve your problem.

Why is my ATV not getting fuel?

The problem is, when you don’t get fuel in your car it simply isn’t going to start correctly. So, why is your ATV struggling to get fuel? The most likely reason is that there’s an issue with the carburetor.

There may be an issue such as a stuck needle valve, or the vacuum hose could be cracked. You can check the carburetor by spraying some carb cleaner into the carb, and if it fires up you have your answer. 

If it starts right after you’ve done this and then it dies, it’s a sure fire sign that your ATV is struggling to get fuel to the carb. If this is not the issue, you may have some issues with the engine. You may need to get your four wheeler checked by a mechanic if this is the case for further diagnostics.