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By CJ Rena Johnson

What to Pack for Emergency ATV Repairs

It happens to us all at one point or another. Somewhere along the way, something breaks, comes loose, gets lost on the trail, or goes flat. Sometimes a great ride turns into a disaster. In order to prevent this, you must be prepared. Always try to have what you need with you to take care of those emergency ATV repairs.

The first thing you want to do is check your ATV for any problems or issues before you head out on the trail.

Checklist before heading out:

  • Check for leaks
  • Check tire pressure
  • Check fuel level
  • Check oil levels
  • Check brakes
  • Check throttle

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, so be sure to do regular maintenance on your ATV. This way you can head off many problems that might otherwise occur several miles out in the woods.

Check for Packed Mud or Debris:

One issue that people might not think of is keeping the quad clean. Dried dirt caked in on moveable parts of an ATV can change their status to unmovable. This can potentially cause all sort of problems out on the trail, sometimes at the worst possible moment. Imagine a stuck brake going up a steep hill (causing the engine to drag and not being able to make it) or worse yet, one that does not engage properly when you need it going down a steep hill or if a deer runs across the trail in front of you. Always thoroughly clean your quad as soon as possible after a day’s ride to prevent any of these problems.

What to Take With You:


No matter how well prepared you are problems do arise ,and they are far more likely to become apparent out on the trail than when the ATV is neatly stowed away in the garage. So in preparation for the unexpected, always try to have with you the following items:

  • Communication device (two-way radio, cell phone)
  • Whistle (can be heard a lot better than a shout)
  • Water
  • Snacks/Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tire Plug Kit and Valve Stem Tool
  • “Fix a Flat” or CO2 Cartridges
  • A tool kit with the most common ATV tools needed including screwdriver, pliers, wrenches, sockets, and a spark plug wrench. (Check with your manufacturer or owner’s handbook to find out if you need metric or standard.)
  • Extra Spark Plugs
  • Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Tow Straps
  • Cable Ties
  • Electrical Tape
  • A pocket, wire, or folding saw
  • Matches
  • Trail Map
  • Walking Shoes (you never know when an old pair of sneakers will come in handy!)
  • Finally, I always have tissue paper of one sort or another with me for those emergency stops!
  • A friend--always utilize the buddy system whenever possible.

Two of my favorite places online to find items that I keep in my ATV bag are:

This sounds like a lot to carry with you on an ATV, but it will all fit very nicely in almost any of the common ATV bags you can find at any off-road dealer or supply shops.

As always: Decide now to have an awesome day and an awesome ride!

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