Yamaha ATV Storage Tips

If you’re putting your Yamaha ATV away for storage, what should you do to prepare (or winterize) it for an extended period of inactivity? A few simple maintenance tasks will do the trick. 

Partzilla’s Yamaha ATV expert John Talley livestreams Q&A sessions on our YouTube channel every Friday at 3pm Eastern. In this session, John was asked for tips on how to properly prepare a 2014 Yamaha YFZ450 quad for storage. 

Yamaha YFZ450 ATV storage tips

Yamaha YFZ450 ATV Storage Tips Q&A

Any advice on storing a 2014 Yamaha YFZ450? I don't get a chance to use it and start it every few months and let it idle.

John Talley: Yeah, pretty simple there. If you’re going to set it up for storage, go ahead and change the oil. You don’t want to leave contaminants, because oil gets contaminated just by being used. Go ahead and run it through, change the oil, disconnect the battery, and put a trickle charger on it so it’s good to go. Really that’s about it. Oh, and put some stabilizer in the fuel tank. And I would go ahead and fill it up all the way to the top. Because even plastic tanks when they start to get cold can build up a level of condensation that will lead to water down in the tank. But just set it up with, I think it’s Yamaha that has a really nice Yamalube product for that.

Buy Yamaha fuel stabilizer

Buy a battery tender

Watch the video below to see how to change the oil in a Yamaha YFZ450 ATV.

Watch the video below to see how to troubleshoot charging system problems with a Yamaha YFZ450. 

Watch the video below to see how to winterize a motorcycle (can also be applied to ATVs). 

Want to see more live repair questions answered? See more motorcycle and ATV repair questions answered here.   



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