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What Are The Steps To Jump Start An ATV? (Never Jump Start Again!)

Learn how to safely jump-start your ATV and also learn how to NEVER jump-start again!


Let's Jump Start Your ATV!

Jump-starting an ATV can be a certain lifesaver when you find yourself stranded with a dead battery on the trails of the wilderness. Whether it's due to prolonged storage, cold weather (winter) or an accidental battery drain, knowing how to jump-start your all-terrain vehicle is an essential skill for any quad owner. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of jump-starting your dead 4-wheeler battery and will also provide helpful tips and address common questions that you may have.

Understanding the Basics of ATV Batteries

Quads, or ATV's are usually equipped with 12V batteries that power the ignition system, lights and other electrical components. Just like any other vehicle battery, they can certainly lose charge over a duration of time, especially during periods of inactivity. Knowing how to properly, and safely jumpstart your ATV can save you from being stranded far from any help.

Essential Tools and Safety Precautions

Before you attempt to jumpstart your ATV, gather the following tools:

  • Jumper cables (preferably with thick gauge wires)

  • Safety goggles and gloves

  • Protective clothing and closed-toe footwear

  • A working vehicle with a similar battery (ATV or car)

Safety should always remain your top priority:

  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling toxic fumes

  • Keep open flames, sparks and cigarettes away from the battery

  • Ensure both vehicles are turned off before connecting cables

Step-by-Step Guide to Jump-Starting an ATV

Step 1: Gather The Necessary Tools

Ensure that you have all of the tools mentioned above in Section 2.

Step 2: Position The Vehicles

Park the working vehicle close enough to the quad so that the jumper cables can reach both batteries without stretching.

Step 3: Put on Protective Gear

Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands from any potential sparks or battery acid.

Step 4: Identify Battery Terminals

Identify the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on both the working car's battery and the ATV's dead battery.

Step 5: Connecting Jumper Cables

  1. Connect one end of the red cable to the positive (+) terminal of the working vehicle's battery.

  2. Connect the other end of the red cable to the positive (+) terminal of the ATV's dead battery.

  3. Connect one end of the black cable to the negative (-) terminal of the working vehicle's battery.

  4. Connect the other end of the black cable to a metal part of the ATV's engine (away from the battery).

Step 6: Starting the Working Vehicle

Start the working vehicle's engine and let it run for a few minutes. By letting it run, it will charge the dead 4-wheeler battery.

Step 7: Start the ATV with the Dead Battery

Attempt to start the ATV. If it doesn't start immediately, give it a few more tries. Once it starts, let both vehicles run for a few more minutes before disconnecting the jumper cables.

Top Tips for Successful Jump-Starting

Tip 1: Prioritize Proper Cable Connection

Ensure that the jumper cables are securely connected to the correct terminals to avoid sparks or any other accidents.

Tip 2: Allow the Working Vehicle to Run

Let the working vehicle run for a few minutes while connected to the ATV. This allows the dead battery to charge sufficiently.

Tip 3: Rev the ATV's Engine

If the ATV doesn't start immediately, lightly rev the engine while attempting to start. This can help draw more power from the charged battery.

Tip 4: Let the ATV Battery Recharge

After successfully jump-starting, take your ATV for a ride or let it idle for a while to fully recharge the battery.

Common Questions About Jump-Starting an ATV

Can I use my car to jump-start my ATV?

What if my ATV battery is sealed?

How long should I run my ATV after jump-starting?


See related post: Expert Tips for Keeping Your ATV in Top Shape


Now You Know!

Learning how to jumpstart your ATV is a skill that every off-road vehicle owner should possess in their arsenal. By following the steps outlined in this informative guide and by following proper safety precautions, you can successfully (and safely) revive a dead ATV battery and get back to enjoying your great outdoor adventures! Remember to always take preventative measures, such as regular battery maintenance and avoiding any unnecessary battery drain to minimize the need for any future jump-starts.

Never Jump Start Again!

The RE-START feature from Antigravity Batteries introduces an unprecedented advancement: the world's first integrated Jump Starter. A true testament to innovation, the unique RE-START Technology astutely oversees the battery's voltage levels. When a potential over-discharge situation is detected, the technology guides the battery into a slumber, conserving just enough reserve energy for the crucial task of starting your vehicle.

Picture this common scenario: you accidentally left your ATV's lights on overnight, a typical recipe for a drained battery crisis. However, with Antigravity Batteries' RE-START function, this concern becomes a thing of the past. A simple press of the RE-START Button, conveniently positioned atop the battery, and you're ready to ignite your vehicle and proceed on your way. No longer will you have to worry about that hassle of a booster pack, jumper cables or any other external assistance, as this ingenious and innovative feature empowers you and your ride with self-reliance and convenience.

Where To Buy Reliable ATV Batteries?

In the world of off-road enthusiasm, L1FE Outdoors ATV/UTV stands as a prominent and reliable source for all your off-road needs. With a steadfast commitment to enhancing your outdoor adventures, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of top-notch parts, accessories, upgrades, and gear tailored to elevate your ATV experience. In particular, our selection of high-end ATV batteries stands out, representing our dedication to providing products that guarantee reliability and superior performance. Whether you're a seasoned rider seeking to optimize your vehicle's capabilities or a newcomer looking to embark on thrilling journeys, L1FE Outdoors ATV/UTV is your trusted partner, ensuring that your ATV is equipped with the best-in-class components to power your escapades with confidence.

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