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Three Ways To Charge Dead ATV Batteries In An Emergency

Updated on August 7, 2012


Seasoned ATV and bike owners know that careful attention must be paid to the vehicle's battery. Motorcycle and ATV batteries regularly need to be charged. Failing to stay on top of this issue might leave a rider stranded somewhere in need of replacement ATV batteries.

However, even the most conscientious riders sometimes forget about charging. It's also possible for ATV and motorcycle batteries to discharge completely due to mechanical problems. Either way, riders should understand how to charge their motorcycle or ATV batteries in such an emergency.

When it comes to all-terrain vehicles, you can actually emergency-charge them in three different ways. Should you find yourself stranded even without jumper cables, you may still be able to get the vehicle going. Here are three methods that you can use to charge dead ATV batteries as well as motorcycle MotoBatt batteries:

1) Jump start it using jumper cables and another quad: It's a good idea to carry jumper cables whenever you're out riding. You don't necessarily have to keep them in your ATV if that is too restrictive. At least have them in the vehicle that you drove to wherever you are riding.

This is a good emergency method to use when you're out with other riders. You'll need another all-terrain vehicle to accomplish this.

Start by exposing the ATV batteries in both vehicles. (Usually this requires removing the seats.) Connect your jumper cables first to the vehicle with the charged battery. Next, connect the other end to the dead one.

Once they're connected, start the engine on the charged vehicle. Allow its engine to run for a good three to four minutes. Then, while it's still running, start the engine on the dead vehicle.

If the charge was successful, the dead ATV battery should be working. In this case, disconnect the red cable from the first vehicle. Next, disconnect the red cable from the second vehicle and then remove the black cable. Let the newly charged vehicle idle for a few more minutes before driving.

If the vehicle failed to charge, try again but let the good vehicle run a few minutes longer. This should do the trick. If not, the dead battery is probably completely malfunctioning and you'll have to figure out a Plan B.

2) Jump start dead ATV batteries from an automobile: It's actually possible to do this even though a car's battery is much stronger. This is a good method to use if you don't have another all-terrain vehicle to borrow power from.

Use jumper cables just as you would do when charging ATV batteries from another quad. However, don't turn on the engine of the car/truck. Since its battery is stronger, it would ruin the other battery. An automobile battery should have plenty of power to transfer when turned off. Otherwise, follow the same instructions as previously described.

3) Compression start dead ATV batteries: This is also sometimes referred to as a "bump" start. You can re-start a dead car battery the same way. (This method is easier to perform on an all-terrain vehicle, though, than a car.) You'll need at least one other person to bump start ATV batteries.

If possible, roll the vehicle to a spot that's either flat or one that's has a slight decline. Make sure that there's lots of space in front of the vehicle.

You'll have to get the tires rotating so that they make the engine turn. Someone will have to push the vehicle while another person rides. The rider should turn on the quad and put it into first or second gear. Then the pusher must begin pushing. He/she will have to get it rolling at a speed between three and five m.p.h.

The rider should keep the clutch all the way down. When the vehicle is rolling at a good pace, release the clutch. The engine should begin to turn if you got it to an adequate speed. Give it some gas when it does. (Pull in the clutch to keep from snapping forward or backward at this point.) Be sure to keep the engine running for at least a few minutes to get a good charge going.

This method of charging ATV batteries may take some practice. If it doesn't work the first time, try again. Try to get more speed from the pusher this time around.

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      Caleb Brewster 8 months ago

      Those are three options, but don't forget about jump packs. I know personally i have a Halo jump pack and i love it. Not only can you jump start you atv but it allows you to plug in you phone to charge. That being said there is a fourth way to start your atv with a dead battery.