Do you know what can go wrong if you use the wrong oil in your ATV?
Premature clutch wear, overheating issues, bearing failure, stuck piston rings, poor throttle response, and poor fuel mileage.
And that’s just the concise list.
There’s certainly a lot to think about when choosing an oil for your ATV, but this article will make things a little easier for you. Especially if any of our FAQs relate to your particular type of ATV.
It’s important that you get the decision right, and don’t just put any old oil in. ATVs run at higher RPM, work harder and run harder than your regular vehicle does, so specialized oils are definitely called for.
First of course, you have to think about compatibility. Then you have to think about the type of oil: conventional oil, synthetic oil, or synthetic blend. They each have different properties, and hence different advantages and disadvantages.
And there are all sorts of additives you can have in the oil that do different jobs. Here’s a quick list of what some additives can do:
- Preventing natural wear and tear
- Keeping the component’s clean
- Allow maximum engine horsepower
- Performance at hot/cold temperatures
But one of the key things to think about is the oil’s viscosity, which is basically a description of how thick it is. It has to be the right viscosity for the ATV’s engine. Not too thick and not too thin.
Most ATV/UTV oils range in viscosity from 0W-40 to 10W-40, where the number before the “W” is the thickness when the oil is cold, and the number after the W is its thickness when the oil is at normal temperatures.
What oil should I use in my Honda ATV?
HONDA 08C35-A141L01 Honda Pro GN4 Motor Oil
Did you know that Honda actually makes their own oil for their ATVs? This is it.
As such you can be confident that it will work perfectly well in your Honda ATV.
It’s a best seller with online retailers, and has won the Amazon Choice award for the category of Honda ATV Oil. Such awards are only given to products that offer excellent quality at a good, fair and reasonable price.
You can get yourself a whole gallon of genuine OEM Honda oil for the price of 4 months of Netflix, or 8 Starbucks lattes. If you’re lucky you might even catch one of Amazon’s occasional deals.
It’s been met with phenomenal customer feedback. After well over 3000 individual customer ratings, it’s earned an Amazon average customer rating of a full 5 stars out of 5. Let me tell you, that’s rare.
Customers have rated it at 5 stars out of 5 for thickness and mileage, and 4 and a ha;f stars for sheerness and value for money.
What oil should I use in my Polaris ATV?
Polaris PS-4 Full Synthetic 5W-50 All-Season Engine Oil
Did you know that Polaris actually makes their own oil for their ATVs? This is it.
As such you can be confident that it will work perfectly well in your Polaris ATV.
It’s a best seller with online retailers, and has won the Amazon Choice award for the category of Polaris ATV Oil. Such awards are only given to products that offer excellent quality at a good, fair and reasonable price.
It’s been met with fantastic customer feedback. After well over 200 individual customer ratings, it’s earned an Amazon average customer rating of a full 5 stars out of 5. And that’s quite a rare find.
It’s a fully synthetic blend, and one that provides maximum engine protection in both cold and hot conditions. It has a viscosity grade of 5W-50, which is quite impressive.
For a full list of all the vehicles it’s compatible with, simply head over to the product page on Amazon.
Can I use diesel oil in my ATV?
First of all, we can confirm that more often than not it’s perfectly safe for you to use diesel oil in your ATV…
If you actually would read the back of a bottle of “diesel” oil, it’s compatible with ALL diesel AND gas engines.
Of course however, you still have to be careful to ensure that the diesel oil meets the viscosity requirements of your ATV’s engine, as we discussed earlier.
Many people feel that diesel oils are a great bang for the buck in atv engines. They’re able to handle high compression and combustion contaminates, and at the same time, still take care of that high rpm turbo as well.
Should I use synthetic oil in my ATV?
As we mentioned earlier, there are different types of engine oil: conventional oil, synthetic oil, or synthetic blend. They each have different properties, and hence different advantages and disadvantages.
On the whole however, we would argue that synthetic oil is a great choice of oil for your ATV. It can withstand higher engine temperatures, it resists thermal breakdown, and it reduces friction on engine parts.
But if you’ve already started browsing online for ATV engine oil, you may have noticed that synthetic oil does tend to be more expensive than conventional oil. Which is the main drawback to going with synthetic oil.
On the whole however, we think the extra couple of bucks will be more than worth it. Especially if you intend to get a lot of use out of your ATV.
What oil does a 110cc atv take?
As we mentioned earlier, one of the key things to think about when buying engine oil of an ATV is compatibility. And one of the main factors in compatibility is matching the engine oils viscosity or thickness to the ATV engine.
The viscosity grade of oil that we recommend you to get for a 110cc ATV is 10W-40. That will more than adequate to lubricate the engine under most riding conditions.
The only exception would be if you were riding in temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, in which case 5W-40 oil would come in handy.