When it comes to exploring nature and enjoying yourself, nothing beats ATVs, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes. In recent years, ATVs have become a firm favorite for outdoor excursions. For instance, the demand for sport ATVs in 2016 was approximately 180,000 units.
Owning an ATV comes with the added responsibility of keeping it in peak condition. You do not need to be a mechanic, but some skills will come in handy when your ATV breaks down in the middle of the woods.
Issues with the ATV fuel pump or fuel filters can result in performance issues or prevent ignition. Even worse, a fuel leak and a spark can cause your engine to catch fire. A faulty ATV fuel line often causes such fuel leaks. Fortunately, before it gets to such a scenario, there are telltale signs that fuel might be leaking.
Cracks or Tears on the Hose
As an ATV owner, it is important to inspect it regularly. This will help you notice any issues before they become serious. For instance, before your fuel pipe begins to leak small tears, cracks and rips begin to appear on the ATV fuel line.
These tears develop slowly when the hose dries out as you drive the vehicle. As a result of these cracks, the gas line will not be able to handle the pressure of the fuel passing through it and thus begin to leak. If you check the gas line regularly, you will notice the tears early on and be in a position to replace the hose before it fully ruptures.
The smell of Fuel and Fuel Leak Trails
When fuel droplets come into contact with some of the heated components of the engine, they will produce a noticeable fuel smell.
Over time the crack will increase in size and the hose may rupture completely. As a result, the amount of fuel spillage will increase and form a trail as you ride. As a result, the fuel pressure will decrease and thus reducing the amount of fuel reaching the engine.
At this point, you will notice some changes in performance. For starters, you may experience some trouble when starting the engine or a reduction in acceleration. If your ATV fuel line is completely damaged, the vehicle won’t start at all.
How to Replace a Fuel Line
i. Clamp the Line or Turn off the Petcock
Depending on the type of bike you have, you will begin by either turning off the petcock if your bike has one or clamping the fuel line. This is done to prevent fuel from spilling on the tank and floor after you detach one side of the hose.
ii. Unplug the Fuel Drain Plug
Also known as a float bowl drain plug, you will find the fuel drain plug near the carburetor. It has a vent tube attached to it that runs between the swing arm and the frame. The vent tube may still contain fuel. Have a bucket in place to collect the spillage.
iii. Remove the Clamps
Locate the clamps that secure the fuel hose from the tank to the engine. For pinch clamps, you will only need pliers to un-pinch them but screw clamps you will need the right screwdriver. Some bikes have crimped-on hose clamps of which you will need a clamp kit to cut off.
iv. Remove the Old Fuel Line
Once you have unclasped the fuel hose, you will need to twist it a little to loosen it for removal. Detach the old line and replace it with the new one. You may have to cut it for it to fit perfectly. At this point, all you have to do is clamp the new hose in place and take your bike out for a test ride.
The fuel hose may seem like an insignificant part of your vehicle, but it is crucial. It can pose a serious threat to your safety if it starts leaking. Make sure to inspect your bike from time to time to prevent any incidents. If you notice any damage to the ATV fuel line, make arrangements to have it replaced with a high-quality hose that will serve you for long.