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Argo XTV Troubleshooting

Argo XTV Troubleshooting
Having problems with your XTV? Here are some of the most common issues owners experience and their causes. These lists are ordered from most likely to least likely.

The Electric Starter Doesn’t Work

– Check and clean electrical connections.
– Recharge or replace the battery.
– Have the starter motor replaced.

The Engine Turns Over But Doesn’t Start

– The engine is cold and needs the choke to be closed (carburetor-equipped engines only.)
– The fuel tank is empty.
– The fuel filter or air filter is clogged and needs to be cleaned
– The carburetor adjustment needs to be richer (carburetor-equipped engines only.)
– The spark plugs have fouled or are worn out.
– The engine should be checked for ignition system problems or low compression.

The XTV Won’t Move or Turn

– Make sure transmission is in gear.
– The drive belt is worn and needs to be replaced.
– The clutch isn’t engaging and needs to be serviced.
– The brakes aren’t working and need to be serviced.
– The idler chain is broken and needs to be replaced.
– The transmission needs to be serviced or the idler sprocket is broken.

The XTV Pulls in One Direction

– The tire pressure on the side the vehicle pulls toward is too low, or the tire pressure on the opposite side is too high.
– The brake is engaged on the side the vehicle pulls toward.
– The drive chain is broken on the side the vehicle pulls toward.

Can’t shift from Hi to Low (HD and HDi)

– The Hi/Low shift cable needs to be adjusted.

The Hand Brake Doesn’t Work

– The brake pads are worn.
– The hand brake cable needs to be adjusted.
– There’s either air or a leak in the brake hydraulic system, either at the caliper, brake lines or master cylinder.

There is Severe Vibration When Operating the Vehicle

– The drive belt is worn or damaged.
– One of the wheels is bent, usually at the rim.
– The engine is not bolted down to its mounts.
– An axle is bent, one of the clutches is bad or the engine is broken.

Water Leaks Into the Body

– The drain plugs aren’t screwed in.
– One of the axle bearing flanges isn’t watertight and needs new gaskets or seals.
– Water is leaking in around the outer bearing flange bolts. The gaps need to be sealed with a silicone caulk.
– The lower body has a cut or puncture.

One of the Tires Leaks Air

– The tire is punctured and needs to be patched. If the leak isn’t obvious, submerge the tire in water and look for air bubbles.
– The air valve is leaking and needs to be replaced.
– The tire isn’t seated properly. Deflate the tire, clean the bead and re-seat the tire.
– The wheel rim is bent and is keeping the bead from getting a good seal.

The Brakes Feel Spongy or Handlebar Travel has Increased

The service brakes both stop the vehicle and brake the inner wheels when making a turn, so these problems are related.

– The brake caliper or pads are loose and need to be tightened down.
– There is a leak or air somewhere in the hydraulic system.

The Brakes Aren’t Slowing Down the Vehicle

– The pads have overheated, leaving the surface glazed, or the surface has been contaminated with a lubricant. Clean or replace the pads.
– The pads have less than 0.10 inches of liner left on them and need to be replaced.

There’s a Loud Bang when Turning

– The idler chains or drive chains are worn or loose. Adjust and replace as needed.

The Steering Doesn’t Work

– The service brake pads are worn or the surface has been contaminated by a lubricant. Replace the pads.
– There is a leak in the brake hydraulic system.

Getting Parts and Service for Your Argo

Whether you want to do the work yourself or need major repairs, visit the experts at Shank’s Argo. We’re one of the largest Argo dealers in this part of the country, and we have over 30 years of experience helping people with their outdoor equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion. To schedule servicing, visit

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