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Motorcycle Broke Down? Here’s What To Do

As a motorcycle owner, there’s nothing more frustrating than experiencing a breakdown in the middle of a ride. Whether you’re on a scenic road trip or just commuting to work, a broken-down motorcycle can quickly turn a good day into a bad one. However, if you’re prepared and know what to do when your motorcycle breaks down, you can minimize the stress and get back on the road as soon as possible.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the steps you should take when your motorcycle breaks down, as well as some possible methods to fix the problem on your own. And if you’re unable to fix the issue or feel unsafe riding your motorcycle, we’ll also explain why you should choose Cardinal Towing for all your towing needs.

What To Do When Your Motorcycle Breaks Down

First and foremost, it’s important to prioritize your safety and the safety of others around you when your motorcycle breaks down. 

Here are some steps to take:

  1. Get to a safe location. If you can, move your motorcycle to the side of the road or off the road completely. This will help prevent any accidents or injuries.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights. This will alert other drivers to your presence and help prevent any collisions.
  3. Put on your safety gear. If you need to get off your motorcycle, make sure you’re wearing proper safety gear such as a helmet, gloves, and protective clothing.
  4. Diagnose the problem. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to diagnose the problem yourself. Check your motorcycle’s battery, fuel levels, and other components that could be causing the issue. If you’re unsure how to diagnose the problem or don’t have the necessary tools, it’s best to call for help.
  5. Call for help. If you’re unable to fix the problem yourself, call for help. Make sure to provide your location, a brief description of the problem, and any other pertinent information. If you’re a member of a motorcycle club or have roadside assistance coverage, call them first. Otherwise, consider calling a reliable towing service like Cardinal Towing.

Possible Methods To Fix The Motorcycle On Your Own

While not all motorcycle breakdowns can be fixed on the spot, there are some possible methods to try before calling for help. 

Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Check the battery. If your motorcycle won’t start, it could be a dead battery. Check the battery terminals for corrosion or loose connections, and try jumpstarting the motorcycle with another vehicle or a portable battery pack.
  2. Check the fuel system. If your motorcycle is sputtering or won’t start, it could be an issue with the fuel system. Check the fuel tank for proper levels and ensure that the fuel valve is open. If you suspect a clogged fuel filter, try removing it and cleaning it.
  3. Check the spark plugs. If your motorcycle is misfiring or won’t start, it could be a faulty spark plug. Remove the spark plugs and check for signs of wear or damage. If necessary, replace the spark plugs with new ones.

Why Choose Cardinal Towing For Motorcycle Towing

While attempting to fix your motorcycle on your own can be a good temporary solution, it’s important to have a reliable towing service on call in case of an emergency. 

Here’s why you should choose Cardinal Towing for all your motorcycle towing needs:

  • Safety and security. At Cardinal Towing, we prioritize your safety and security. Our licensed, uniformed drivers are trained to handle emergencies and get you home safely.
  • Training and experience. Our drivers are experienced professionals who know how to handle all kinds of towing situations. We have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done quickly and efficiently, without causing any further damage to your motorcycle.
  • Equipment capabilities. We have a fleet of clean and reliable tow trucks, carriers, and equipment to handle any kind of motorcycle towing situation. Whether you need a tow from a low-ceiling parking garage or a rare classic motorcycle that can’t touch the road, we have the right equipment to solve the problem.
  • Towing services. At Cardinal Towing, we offer a range of towing services to meet all your motorcycle towing needs. From emergency roadside service to regular and heavy towing, we have the services you need to get back on the road safely and quickly.

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