How to Install Inner Tubes on Your ATV Tires
Installing an inner tube on ATV tires can be a little bit more difficult than on a bike. If this is your first time, here are a few steps that can help you out with the process.
Step 1 - Find the Right Inner Tube
You can check out the size of your tire and then go to an automobile shop and ask about the size inner tube that you are going to need as it will be different for an ATV.
Step 2 - Lift the Tire Up
Using the car jack you are going to want to lift the tire up about 6 inches from the ground so that you can get in and work without having to worry about scraping or falling. You can do this by resting the area near the tire on the jack and then cranking it up as far as 4 to 6 inches. Make sure as you are working that you are not putting any part of your body under the ATV as the jack isn't fail proof.
Step 3 - Deflate the Tire and Remove Hub Cap
First you have to remove the hub cap. You can do this with a tire iron. Then you will want to continue with deflating the tire so that when you are working on the inner tube, you do not end up puncturing or popping the tire and having to replace that too. Make sure that you deflate it almost completely.
Step 4 - Insert Inner Tube
Now that the tire is deflated you can pull back the beading a little bit using a tire lever and make a gap underneath the tire. This is where you will be inserting the inner tube. Make sure that you lay out the inner tube and inflate it just enough so that it can keep its shape. Start on one end of the tire and slowly put in the inner tube and pull back one bead at a time until you get all of the way around. Reseat the tire bead to the wheel.
Step 5 - Inflate Tire and Replace Hub Cap
Now, once the inner tube in and inflated you can re inflate the tire around it. You want to take this step very slowly so that you do not puncture anything. After you inflate the tire you can put the hub cap on again using the tire iron and screws.
Step 6 - Let the Car Down
Crank the jack all the way back down to the floor.
Step 7 - Repeat
Now that you have finished with one tire you can check it to make sure that you have done it correctly and then repeat each of the steps with the other tires on the ATV.
Once you have finished you will want to take the ATV for a ride in a close by area to make sure that everything is working properly.