The UXV 500 is a machine that may be used for a variety of tasks. That means it’s designed to handle a wide range of tasks, from lugging garden items and hay bales to weekend trail trips. This would be at the further end of the trail riding range and a great way to put the UXV to the test.
It doesn’t take long to find a machine’s reliability, maneuverability, and longevity in the narrow gorges, rocky trails, hair-raising hill climbs, and countless boulders that make up the MOAB experience. There is no way out once you’ve committed to the MOAB paths.
However, owners have reported some troubles with their KYMCO UXV 500. Failure to start, power loss, tire issues, battery issues, and other challenges are common. Let’s take a closer look at these difficulties.
Common Problems of the KYMCO UXV 500:
1. Power Loss
This is most likely due to a sliding clutch, which happens when you buy a road-legal off-road buggy and ride it hard enough for the clutch to wear out and slide. The remedy is to replace the clutch, which isn’t a difficult task that any quad repair shop could accomplish.
If the engine pitch is greater than usual and you notice a clear loss of traction, the clutch is most likely sliding, and you should get the bike checked out by a professional.
Check to see whether the kill switch is damaged or clogged with dirt and water. Because battery connections might come loose, double-check that they are secure and not moving.
Corrosion can form on the battery terminals and connections over time. Disconnect the connections from the battery terminals if they appear rusted, and then clean them with a Scotch Brite pad and baking soda mixed in hot water. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves.
There are many connectors for each battery terminal on many UTVs. It’s easy to forget to install one or more of the connectors while changing or detaching the battery for another reason.
2. Failing to Start
If there is enough power in the battery and the bike still won’t start, it’s most likely an electrical problem, or the spark plug requires cleaning and re-gapping, which is a 5-minute procedure.
You may hold the spark plug while it is grounded to a section of the bike and then turn the engine to test whether there is a spark, but not the plug itself, as this will cause a terrible shock. If there is no spark, the HT lead might be faulty.
When it comes to KYMCO UXV 500 starting issues, the most typical battery issue you’ll run into is a tripped thermal fuse. This is because a tripped thermal fuse is difficult to detect or even consider.
The UTV will immediately shut off if a thermal fuse is tripped. Overloading the UTV or climbing too many hills might cause this problem. A tripped fuse might be caused by your youngster colliding with walls or other stationary impediments. Switch the UTV off entirely and remove the pedal to resolve difficulties with a tripped fuse. Allow a few minutes before beginning again.
3. Battery Problems
This is more prevalent than most people realize, and keeping the lights on while the motor is turned off is one of the most common causes of a dead battery. Of course, you may jump-start the bike, which will charge the battery, or you can remove the battery and recharge it, which will take a few hours.
There are also several excellent articles highlighting typical UTV difficulties that are worth reading. Check to see that the battery is charged and in excellent working order. Many UTVs are only utilized on occasion, with longer periods when the UTV is left standing.
You’re asking for problems if you leave a reasonably modest battery like the ones used in UTVs unsupervised for more than a few weeks.
4. Fuse Issue
It’s time to inspect all fuses after making sure the battery is in good working order. Keep in mind that your bike most likely contains fuses in many locations. The location of the fuses on your KYMCO UXV should be found in your user’s handbook.
Using a multimeter to test for continuity is the simplest technique to see if a fuse has blown. Two exposed metal areas may be found on the backside of each fuse. These are to fuse the fuse.
Change the meter’s setting to “continuity.” One of the metal test sites receives the positive lead, while the other receives the negative lead. The fuse is fine if you hear a beeping or buzzing sound from the meter. Examine all of the fuses and replace any that fail the continuity test.
Even though the metal lead within the fuse seems to be intact, a fuse might explode.
5. Cold Engine
During the winter, you will have issues with your UTV. Even though UTVs are designed for outside use, the engine may not start when it is chilly or early in the morning. It might be cold if you wake up in the morning and your car won’t start.
A chilly engine that won’t start might also be caused by poor gasoline quality. For example, if the fuel contains water, starting the engine will be difficult. Adding a gasoline stabilizer to the gas tank, on the other hand, is a simple repair. The engine should then be operated for roughly 10-15 minutes.
Cold engine difficulties might occur if the UTV has been sitting in the garage for a few months. If your UTV won’t start due to the cold, fully open the choke. The engine should then be started with the choke open. Allow the engine to warm up for a few minutes before starting it.
If none of the following methods work, you should try replacing the battery. It’s also possible that the battery is cold, preventing the UTV from starting. If that’s the case, you’ll need to charge it first.
No-start troubles with KYMCO UXV might also be caused by an over-fueled carburetor. This is a little more technical and may require the assistance of a specialist. The main difficulty is getting to the carburetor, which is located deep within the engine. This implies you may have to completely remove the engine and reassemble it.
In general, the UTV will have power loss and poor idling on occasion. This may be due to a faulty gasoline pump. Once again, you may want the assistance of an expert to inspect the UTV.
If the motor is working rough and/or idling harshly, the carburetor is likely clogged with dirt. The most difficult part of repairing this problem will be getting to the carburetor, which is frequently located deep within the engine.
You may need to disassemble and clean the carburetor if it is severely blocked. This is a simple task that just requires a rudimentary understanding of mechanics. The most essential thing to remember is to keep track of where each element goes and, if required, create a chart.
7. Tire Issues
Off-road riding is not without risk, and a puncture is always a possibility. Fortunately, most quad accessories retailers can replace or repair a punctured tire.
You should never try to ride the vehicle with a flat tire, as this could damage the wheel rims and that will mean even more expense. Off-road tires should be quite tough, and it would take something very hard to puncture them. Often, the tire is damaged beyond repair, and a new tire is the only alternative.
It might be a symptom of poor tires if you feel any new or unexpected vibrations while riding. This can sometimes be remedied by simply rotating them. If the vibration persists after rotating your tires, uneven tire wear might be the cause.
A persistent buzzing sound that fluctuates with the speed of your UTV might indicate a snarled thread. Another strange sound to listen for is a pounding sound, which might signal a flat area in your tire. It’s probably time for some new tires in any situation.
What Majority of the Users Feel About KYMCO UXV 500?
Regular maintenance may help prevent problems, and the engine oil should be changed every 5,000 miles or fewer, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regardless of whether you buy a new or old quad, it should always be serviced according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring that the KYMCO UXV is always ready for action anytime you want to ride it.
In numerous forums, users have expressed their opinions regarding their KYMCO UTVs. Here are some of the reviews I’ve gathered that could be of interest to you.
“The UXV 500 is very user-friendly and rides incredibly smoothly, even with its knobby tire pattern. It can be operated in either two- or four-wheel drive and low or high range. It travels the 2 or 3km back to the yard at 35km/h without revving the guts out of the engine too, yet I could have gone faster in comfort.”
– Lyndsay Whittle from Trade Farm Machinery
“We have a UXV 500 and it will do about 40 mph. The engine is wound pretty tight at 40 and that was to satisfy my curiosity after it was well broken in over about 100 miles. I think the big thing is the exhaust cam premature wear suffered by two and four-wheel owners with the 500i engine. Read the post in this section for the latest on this. I am sold on KYMCO quality and reliability.”
– CrossBolt from KYMCO Forum
If you know what to look for, keeping up with the maintenance of KYMCO UXV 500 is straightforward. And the longer you keep it, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy it without having to spend more money to repair it. Most problems begin small and build into something far more serious over time, so the sooner you fix it and the more diligent you are with routine maintenance, the easier it will be in the long run.
The UXV 500 was created to appeal directly to today’s client, who is more concerned with the bottom line when buying a new UTV. Even if you have had your car for a long time and have had several typical troubles, KYMCO is always there to give you excellent customer support.
However, if you can’t manage to pinpoint the root of the problem, it’s best to get expert help. Unless you have basic mechanic abilities, I usually advise parents not to disassemble the engines for troubleshooting. As a result, if you believe the UXV has a fuel pump or carburetor problem, have it checked out by a local technician.