Yamaha’s latest and most sophisticated 700-class engine with two overhead cams and fuel injection powers the Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS. Its power character has been honed to deliver smooth uninterrupted power even in the most challenging terrain and across wide trails.
Nevertheless, you may encounter quite a few problems with the 2016 Yamaha Wolverine which can make you have second thoughts about it. The common problems of this utility-style ATV are- the engine does not get enough power, noise problems, fuel problems, hesitation when accelerating, parking brake problems, EPS issues, oil consumption issues, clutch slipping, glowing exhaust issues, uncomfortable riding, heater problems, header pipe cracking issues, fuel tank issue, excessive heat problems, stuck parking brake, cramped seating position, and displaced foot brake.
Problems are very common with ATV vehicles as they go through rough terrains. And not all problems will happen to every vehicle. You might face a few of them. Also, with proper maintenance and regular problems, you can reduce the problems. Additionally, it becomes easy to solve the issues when you know the cause of them.
That is why we are going to discuss the issues in detail below:
1. Engine Does Not Get Enough Power
One of the most aggravating aspects of the Yamaha Wolverine R Spec is its weak engine. Although the Yamaha Wolverine R is not up to mark in its engine power, the Wolverine X2 is better in every way. It is more powerful, it creates less noise, it does not whine and it’s vibration-free. So, you can replace the Wolverine R with the Wolverine X2 V Twin engine for better power and better performance.
2. Noise Problems
When the 2016 Yamaha has noise problems, you might experience hearing a clunking sound. It is not much loud at the beginning, but it gets louder and more irritating day after day. The X4’s exhaust system and rubber engine mounts demonstrate BMW’s commitment to reducing noise, vibration, and harshness. As a result, the engine is quiet and delivers plenty of power. Passengers will rather notice the wheels moving on the road since the equipment is so silent.
To solve this problem you can use noise cancellation material on the plastics under the seat and above the engine. This will help soften the motor noise.
3. Fuel Tank Problems
You might experience a flooded fuel tank issue and it is very common with 2016 Yamaha Wolverine. It is caused when Rainwater infiltrates your four-nooks wheeler and corners, or a faulty fuel system lid causes water to leak into the fuel system. Water may harm engine components and fuel injectors, which is especially problematic for YFI-equipped motorcycles.
This might lead to problems like- the engine hesitating when acceleration, the vehicle not starting, or stalling. If you experience these issues you can try draining the vacuum hose. Also, make sure to fill up your empty gas tank with higher-Octane fuel thereafter.
4. Hesitation When Accelerating
The Yamaha Wolverine X4 has issues with throttle sluggishness or harsh acceleration. Manufacturers frequently put it on poor gas, a slack throttle wire, or a faulty seat/seatbelt sensor, although it’s almost always down to lack of gas.
To solve the problem you need to keep track of how long it takes until the machine starts acting up, and see whether your fuel line or pickup is faulty to assist you to narrow down the problem. After that, inspect the choke butterfly, clean the carb and air filter, and drain the tank completely while checking for sediments. After that check the fuel pressure according to the manual’s instructions. Also, perform a compression test to see if your clutch or valves need to be adjusted.
5. Parking Brake Problems
The braking system of Yamaha Wolverine is good but the parking brake can get stuck sometimes. This usually happens if you leave your brake on overnight. Usually, this can be resolved by swaying the car back and forth or physically pulling the brake wires until they disengage. When you do so, keep your parking brake in mind, as temperatures below zero could cause it to freeze up.
6. EPS Issues
If you experience issues like erratic lighting then this might be indicating EPS issues. This problem usually occurs when the weather is cold. If you face this issue, check for electrical problems like- low voltage, loose wire, corrosion, etc. you can get the help of an electrician to solve the faulty electronic parts.
7. Oil Consumption Issues
The 2016 Yamaha Wolverine can consume oil on a rapid scale which is a common problem reported by many of its users. This occurs without oil burning and leakage. And it consumes a lot of oil so the user needs to frequently keep refilling it which is quite costly. But no dealer could find the core cause of this problem, so it is difficult to solve as well.
8. Clutch Slipping
The clutch of Yamaha Wolverine seems to get worn pretty fast. So, when worn clutch plates rub against each other, they lose tension, and this causes slipperiness.
In order to fix this problem, you will need to lay your quad over on its side, pop off the clutch cover, and check the drive, fiber plates, and clutch springs to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. The recent models have already solved this problem in their latest wolverines.
9. Glowing Exhaust Issues
Glowing exhaust in wolverine means the fuel running lean on the lower throttle opening part. This issue can also occur due to clogged exhaust.
To solve this problem you need to get a fuel controller or wrap the exhaust header. This will give you an effective solution.
10. Uncomfortable Riding
The user does not often feel comfortable while driving at a low speed. If you travel at 30 mph, the foot angle is okay, but if you travel at 2-3 mph, it is uncomfortable. If you put a block of wood of 7 x 10 inches in front of the gas pedal, it will raise your foot’s heel at any speed at a comfortable angle. It seems Yamaha should have taken note of this before mass-producing this ATV.
11. Heater Problems
You might experience that the heater is not producing enough heat as it is supposed to. According to the manufacturer, the stock thermostat opens fully at 180°F but starts at 154°F. This setting has the flaw that, as the quad runs down the road, it does not track. Some users tend to block off the radiator and insulate the pipes to speed it up hotter (build a plexiglass blockage plate approximately a third of the capacity of the radiator) — but this may not operate in semi conditions.
Yamaha company has been informed about this problem, and they are working to find a solution for the issue.
12. Header Pipe Cracking Issues
This problem arises as a result of a brittle or burning exhaust or heated header pipe. To address the issue, you can try installing a PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve, stopping the air induction system from working, including a powerful commander, reflashing the ECU, and inserting and removing a ceramic coating from your pipe. These might not be permanent solutions, but they can help you with instant solutions.
13. Excessive Heat Problems
Cab heat is one of the most commonly discussed Yamaha Wolverine X2 issues. The heat accumulation is caused by a conditioning line that runs along the middle of the wheeler’s chassis, leading riders to feel heated in regions where the driver’s right foot and the passengers’ left foot are.
You can reduce the heat by opening the door and putting insulation within the tunnel. The quad will remain chilly outside of this circumstance.
14. Displaced Foot Brake.
Among the most important functions of a machine is its braking system. It must operate seamlessly. The Wolverine’s foot brake is slightly inconvenient due to its low floorboard, which requires the rider to lift their foot to use it.
You can fix this by raising the footpegs slightly and moving the brake lever out about 3 inches. In this manner, the rider’s foot will be directly over the brake and in the best position, allowing them to brake quickly and efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What engine is in a 2016 Yamaha Wolverine?
Yamaha’s newest and most modern features a 700-class engine. Additionally, it has two overhead cams and fuel injection, which powers the Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS. Upon that toughest, most difficult terrain and wide trails, the 708cc engine’s power character is tailored for a seamless, straight power supply.
How much horsepower does a 2016 Yamaha Wolverine have?
Yamaha Wolverine’s all-new engine is capable of delivering power in the 75-horsepower range. That’s the same amount of power as the Polaris RZR 900, which is a ton of fun. It also doesn’t make as much noise as the Viking engine. The engine is controlled to reach a peak speed of roughly 53 mph, which is just a smidgeon quicker than the Kawasaki Teryx.
2016 Yamaha Wolverine is an old model with many flaws, but they have eliminated the flaws in their newest models. So, if you have the old version hope this article will help you to solve the issue you face. However, if you are thinking of buying this model, you can reconsider that thought.