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
How to Change a Polaris ATV Starter
Polaris ATVs are reliable and fun to ride. Most Polaris ATVs come with a push-button start mechanism that engages the starter and...
How to Repair an ATV Tire
The tires on your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) deal with a a lot of stress, wear and other damages that can cause one...
How to Stop a Slow Leak in an ATV Tire
All-terrain vehicles use relatively low tire pressures for added traction. Occasionally, even at this low pressure, ATV tires will develop slow leaks....
How to Free a Stuck Exhaust Valve
Between the stem of an exhaust valve and its guide, is very little tolerance. The valve can have difficulty opening and closing...
How to Replace Tubeless Tire Valve Stems
Tire valves are seated in a wheel rim, and they allow tubeless tires to be pressurized with air. The valve forms a...
How to Replace a Thermostat on a Polaris ATV
If your Polaris All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is overheating or not warming up quickly enough, you may need a new thermostat. The vehicle's...
How to Adjust Valves on Honda Civic
A valve adjustment is a routine tune-up procedure on all cars, including a Honda Civic. If the valves are severely out of...
How to Change the Valve Stem on a Tire
A tire valve stem is a small, rubber tube that extends from the rim of the tire. The valve stem has a...
How To Adjust the Valves on a Honda 300EX
Adjusting the valves on a Honda 300EX ATV is relatively uncomplicated. The most time-consuming aspect of the procedure is removing parts and...
How to Remove a Tire Valve Core
Before you can remove a tire from its rim, you have to let the air out of the tire. This can take...
How to Adjust Polaris ATV Valves
Keeping your Polaris ATV in tip-top shape means you must do some maintenance on the engine. One of these tasks is adjusting...