Partzilla Live Q&A with John & Garrett – September 4, 2020

Partzilla live Q&A is back with John Talley and Garrett Sifford returning to answer more of your motorcycle and ATV repair questions. 

John and Garrett touched on a lot of subjects, particularly related to fuel systems and oil, as well as about used ATVs and some interesting hacks for dealing with broken bolts. Check out excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition.

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 09-04-20

Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – ATV Repair

Kawasaki ATV Oil

Is it normal to get oil residue in your intake box on a Kawasaki ATV? 

Garrett Sifford: Depending on the amount of oil. If it’s a light coat inside, that’s usually the engine recirculating from the PCV, like out of the intake. So if you get any blow by in the crankcase, it’ll actually dump it into the intake and the engine basically just burns it off. Like I said, it depends on how much oil. If you have a lot of oil in there, that’s a problem. 

Both: If you’re getting too much blow-by.

Honda ATV Resale Value

How do you set the values on a used Honda ATV?

Garrett Sifford: I’m not really sure exactly what you mean by values. 

John Talley: I think he’s talking about how much you should sell for on a used one. The one I would run to that we base it off at the dealership is the Kelley Blue Book. They’re usually pretty accurate, and that’s what they base it off of at the NPA auctions. They’re more catered or more directed toward the powersports market vs something like the NAPA. So Kelley Blue Book, that would be where I’d go. 

Yamaha ATV Stripped Bolt

What's the best way to get a stripped hex bolt out of gear box rear end on a 2013 Yamaha Grizzly?

John Talley: There are a couple of different techniques for this. And it’s a little bit barbaric but what I’ve done in the past is either, if it’s a metric 6, then I would go to a standard 5/16th.

Garrett Sifford: Basically go up one size.

John Talley: Go up one size and just hammer it in there with a bit you don’t care about, because it’s going to damage it. Typically that, or going to a Torx type bit. A bigger Torx, driving it in there and basically creating a new surface for it to grab on. And then when you actually get it driven in there, use an impact screwdriver to pop it loose. Now hopefully the combination of those two will get it out of there for you.

Garrett Sifford: They also make some easy-outs too, that are kind of cylindrical and you can tap them into place. I’ve used those to get out bolts before. And if all that fails, another thing you can try, which is really barbaric, but break out your Dremel tool and grind a flat spot into the bolt and then get a really large flathead screw on that impact driver.

John Talley: One more. Cut a notch in it to the outside, and then use a chisel and try to turn it that way. 

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