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Any ATV advice?

I'm a new ATV owner. The ATV isn't new but it is new to me. It seems to be running well with the plow except the it stalls a bit in cold weather. I'm guessing that I should adjust the idle up when I figure out how (sny body know how to adjust teh idle on Yamaha 2001 Grizzley 600).
Other than that, is there anything that you guys with a lot of ATV experience think that I should know?
Is there anything that needs doing which might not obvious to a new owner?

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I believe that the 01 Grizzly

I believe that the 01 Grizzly is still a carberated engine and not fuel injected.  You might want to check that the choke isn't stuck.  I have a 2000 Kodiak and the choke loves to stick and once the engine is warm it will stall it or start to run real rich.  As far as adjusting the idle I have never done it so I have no idea. 

As far as maintenance change the oil at least every year and check the antifreeze.  I'll change the rear end oil every 2 years.  Depending on when you got it and what was done you might check with a dealer and have him do a complete service on it and then you can pick it up from there. 

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ATV advice

What's your altitude?  I bought a carbureted 03 Polaris a few years ago and when the weather cooled down I found it wouldn't idle without the choke pulled out a bit.  The guy I bought the machine from had brought it from New Mexico and had a high altitude jet in the carb.  I swapped out the jet for the low altitude version and it cleared right up.

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expatriate wrote:

What's your altitude?  I bought a carbureted 03 Polaris a few years ago and when the weather cooled down I found it wouldn't idle without the choke pulled out a bit.  The guy I bought the machine from had brought it from New Mexico and had a high altitude jet in the carb.  I swapped out the jet for the low altitude version and it cleared right up.

 

I’m at about +/- 2000 feet above sea level expatriate. 

 

See I’ve learned something already.  I had no idea that they made different carburetors for different altitudes!

 

Thanks for the info.  I ran it for about an hour this morning plowing out and stalled it maybe a dozen times.  Mostly while shifting from reverse to forward or when I had it sitting still in neutral to move the plow (I only have manual adjustment on the plow so it takes me a minute of two)

 

Thanks for the tips too Critter.  A visit to teh dealer for a tune up in teh spring is probably not a bad idea.  At least until I learn to do everything for myself. 

 

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Mike, This is just a guess

Mike,

This is just a guess but I am going to say the low idle circuit is gummed up - likely from sitting with little use and also - the new ethanol infused gas products and really bad on carbureted engines.

Week wackers, blowers, small gensets... these are all catching the devil right now.

Disassembling the carb and cleaning it out - and making sure the air filter is not collapsed or restricted is pretty much going to solve your problem, I would think.

You can Google adjusting the carb and get tons of info probably... but my guess is the carb is gummed up... easy to rectify though - even with minimal mechanical skills.

You asked about ATV advice.

I have two things.

Buy a Honda.

Don't turn fast or go off camber / up steep hills. They will turn over and they will hurt you.

Oh yeah, get a winch. And retrieval gear. You will need it.

Let me know if I can help...

Jim

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Thanks

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience guys

I appreciate the help!

Mike

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