How to Install or Replace an ATV Battery – Guide

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It would be best to change your battery often. Using a faulty one can cause harm to the vehicle or yourself. This article will discuss how to install an ATV battery or replacing it in 8 simple steps.

When is the Best Time to Replace the ATV Battery?

Verifying the condition of your battery is vital to determine whether to replace it. The first step is to bring your battery to full charge using its external charger. Then, allow your battery to sit for twelve hours to see if it discharges. Doing this prevents you from getting the wrong readings.

Using a voltmeter or multimeter, read the battery charge. Ensure that the multimeter is set to direct current voltage. Also, confirm that you attach its red clip to the battery’s positive clamp. Also, the black clip to its negative clamp.

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What are Your Readings?

If the reading is below 12.4V, that battery is in bad condition, and it needs a replacement. Also, replace a battery whose current drops when it is not in connection.

Performing a load test could also enable you to determine your battery’s condition.

Which is the Best ATV Battery for You?

ATV batteries differ from one to the other. It could be due to

  • Varying sizes
  • Different capacities
  • The type and location of the battery clamps.
  • The type of battery(AGM, Lithium-ion, lead-ion, and GEL)

To determine which battery is best for your vehicle, you should:

  • Check your old batterys’ model number. It will enable you to know the exact battery to get to replace the old one.
  • Read the service manual of the batter to gather more information. It will give you the batteries specifications to get as a replacement.
  • You can also search and shop online. Using the specifications, for example, the battery type, you will have a variety to select. Consider their quality, price and read reviews to select one that suits you most.
  • You can also carry that old battery to your nearest auto store to show them the type of battery your ATV uses. Also, you can take a photograph of the battery as the reference of the battery that suits your ATV.
  • Another alternative is to request your dealer if they have your battery type in stock. But, take note that dealers’ prices are often higher than the online stores.

How to Install an ATV Battery

  • To start the process, you need the following tools and equipment.
  • 10mm jerk for disconnecting the batteries terminal connectors. You can also use a Phillips screwdriver instead.
  • To reach the battery, get equipment for removing plastic coverings
  • It would help if you also had a tool for removing the battery’s bracket
  • Have sunglasses to protect your eyes.

1. Accessing Your Battery.

The batteries are in different locations on the ATV. While some are on the rear, others are on the front and middle of your vehicle. Also, some of them are accessible and visible when you are next to your bike. But, for others, you must remove covers made from plastic, the ATV seat, or different parts to access them.

If you cannot view it from outside, remove its seat and coverings on the front to check.

For example

  • The Textron TBX 700 Alterra is easy to access from the rear of an ATV. You only need to lift the cargo area.
  • For the Polaris 570 Sportsman, its battery is below the frame on the front of the vehicle.
  • The Polaris XP 1000 Sportsman is below your bike’s front rack. It is underneath some cables.

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2. Disconnect the Negative Cable.

The negative cable is black and has a (-ve) or (NEG) symbol. It is best if you disconnect it first before the positive one. Disconnecting the negative plug fist is vital. It prevents igniting a shock as it connects with the chassis.

3. Disconnect the Positive Clip.

The next step is disconnecting its positive cable that has ( +ve) or (POS) symbols.

Please note:

You should go through the user manual and follow the instructions. It will guide you in the process of disconnecting your battery’s terminals. It would be best to disconnect the black(negative) cable before the red(positive) one.

While disconnecting the red clips, ensure you do not contact the black one or the frame. It can result in a short.

Disconnect the Positive Clip

4. Remove the Strap that Holds the Battery.

Every ATV battery has a different system that holds it in position. The majority of them have a strap that holds them down using one bolt. When undoing the straps, unscrew the bolt to loosen the battery.

Be cautious when unstrapping. Being careful will prevent the positive clamp from coming to contact with your unscrewing tool.

5. Remove Your Old Battery.

Your next step is to remove your old battery. Before lifting it out, check the wiring to enable you to install your new battery. It will help if you detangle the wires to create room for removing the battery. You can recycle instead of disposing of it.

Remove the battery from the vehicle

6. Activate and Start Charging Your New Battery.

You should activate your new battery before you install it. Most ATV charging systems cannot charge a low battery. Also, your battery is bound to lose its charge if it stays inactive for an extended period. Thus, the excellent decision is to use an external charger. It ensures the battery reaches its full capacity before installing it.

Read Relevant Guide – The Best Way of Charging Your ATV Battery

The battery comes with a container that has the battery’s electrolyte. It will help if you read the instructions on activating the battery. Then, follow them word by word.

For example, some batteries usually come ready for installation. They do not need you to activate them. But, it is best if you also top-off its charge before you install it to your ATV.

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7. Position the Battery and Strap It

Position your battery on its tray on the ATV like the old one was before you lifted it out. Ensure the red wire is in line with its positive clamp while the black with its negative terminal.

Install the retainer, ensuring the bolts are tight enough. Also, avoid overtightening the bolts. The pressure may cause its battery housing to crack.

8. Connect Your Battery Connectors to Their Terminals

When connecting terminal connectors, attach the red wire to its positive terminal. Then, the black one to its negative terminal. To Install the terminals, ensure you reverse how you remove them.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the location of a four-wheel battery?

The location of a four-wheel battery differs from one vehicle to the other. For example, a battery can be on the rear, front or middle area. Thus, to find its location, check under the plastic coverings or the seat.

But, if it is not in the two places, check your bike’s user manual. It will enable you to see if it indicates the battery location.

  • At what point should you get a replacement for your battery?

Most batteries last between three and five years. It is best to replace your battery before it gets bad. You will know that your battery is going bad when it takes your car long to start. Another sign is when its lights get dim.

Also, your battery is unsuitable if it cannot hold its charge or reach above 12.4 voltages.

  • What type of battery do four-wheelers take?

Four-wheel vehicles or ATVs take GEL, Lithium-ion, AGM, and lead-acid 12V batteries. Some batteries have FLA or AGM batteries.

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