It can be a challenge finding the leak on your ATV tire, especially if it is coming from the valve stem. One solution is to fill up a spray bottle with water, mix it with dish detergent, and spray it around the tire. The leak will cause bubbles where you sprayed. If you see bubbles around the valve stem, it should be replaced. This procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- Deep well socket
- Valve removal tool
- Tire bead breaker
- 2 pieces of 2x4 lumber
- Soapy water
- Valve stem
Park the ATV on a hard, level surface. Set the parking brake and remove the key from the ignition.
Place the jack under the frame on the same side of the faulty tire. Raise the ATV and slide the jack stands under each corner of the frame. Lower the jack until the frame rests on the jack stands.
Remove the four lug bolts holding the tire to the axle with the deep well socket. Slide the tire off. Deflate the tire by removing the inner valve with the valve removal tool. Place the tire in the tire bead breaker with the valve sticking up. Apply downward pressure on the tire bead breaker handle until the tire slides off the rim.
Cut the valve at the base on the outside of the tire with the knife, cutting it in half. Pull the bottom half off in between the rim and the tire. Spray the new valve with soapy water. This will act as a lubricant. Slide the new valve in from the inside of the rim until you can grab the protruding end with your other hand. Pull it and move back and forth until the valve seats.
Fill the tire with air to the recommended PSI, found on the side of the tire. Slide the tire back onto the axle. Tighten the four lug bolts that hold the tire to the axle with the deep well socket. Place the jack back under the frame and raise until the jack stands are clear. Slide the jack stands out of the way and lower the ATV.
- Ian Gutoskie, Service Manager; Central Florida Power Equipment; Kissimmee, Florida
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