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10 Most Common Massimo UTV Problems & How to Fix Them

Massimo, being one of the leading companies in UTV manufacturing, has been trusted as a reliable and durable vehicle since the early 2000s. However, despite its quality and efficiency, some owners have experienced vehicle issues, which could be avoided if identified and addressed promptly.

The most common problems with Massimo UTV include:

  1. Starting Problem
  2. 4-Wheel Drive Issue
  3. Overheating Issue
  4. Wiring Problems
  5. Malfunctioning in Injector
  6. Problems in the Braking System
  7. The problem with Gears
  8. Poor Acceleration System
  9. The Internal Problems with the Engine
  10. Parts Excluded from Warranty

I’ll discuss possible issues you can face with your Massimo UTV and provide simple fixes to help you get back on the road in no time.

Unique Features of Massimo UTV:

Massimo UTV is still considered an excellent vehicle despite various problems and has gained positive customer reviews regarding its working.

Massimo UTV has some unique features that make it stand out among other competitors in the market, including:

  • Massimo UTV has a powerful engine that enhances the working during plowing, hauling, and other heavy-duty activities.
  • This UTV is excellent for rough terrain where large trucks cannot work correctly due to their size.
  • Massimo UTV has an incredible suspension system that allows the vehicle to glide over bumps.
  • This vehicle has an engaging décor in its interior with spacious cargo that can store the hauling farm.
  • The replacement parts for this vehicle are easily available in the auto shops and the retailers of Massimo company worldwide. It is recommended that users should purchase the replacement parts of Massimo UTVs from the retailers of Massimo motors as there are many scams available for such parts.
  • Massimo UTV is an affordable vehicle and depends on the type and budget of the person.

9 Common Problems of Massimo UTV:

If you are an off-road enthusiast, you will know that there is no UTV without problems. Off-roading and common problems like an issue with brake, acceleration, wiring, and gear system exist side-by-side.

Here we will discuss some common problems that are seen in Massimo UTV:

1. Starting Problem:

The Massimo UTV often shows issue when the vehicle is started. The car does not start, and the engine produces a clicking noise for various reasons.

The reasons include the bad condition of the battery and the worn-out wires attached to it. The poor fuel  injector or IAC (Idle Air Control) valve can also cause starting problems in your Massimo UTV.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions

How to Fix:

If you are facing starting problems in your Massimo UTV, you can adopt these steps to fix them:

  • Check the condition of the battery in the vehicle. If you see settled carbon on the battery’s terminals, clean them and attach a voltmeter to check the battery’s working. Defective or damaged batteries create an issue in starting the vehicle.
  • You can check the associated parts of the battery, like a spark in the fuse box, to see if the battery is connected correctly.
  • Check the injector of the vehicle and if there is an issue, fix it on a priority basis to avoid inconvenience.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions

To check valve, bring piston to the centre and check the intake side.

If your engine is only cranking but not popping, backfiring, or starting, it could be an issue with your fuel injector.

This is especially true if your Massimo UTV doesn’t have an inline fuel filter and only have a screen. Unfortunately, this can lead to bad injectors, and a typical lousy injector symptom is that the motor will start and idle but fall off under acceleration.

If you are in this situation and are not getting any response, it’s time to start troubleshooting.

  • One of the first steps is to check the spark with a good tester. You also want to ensure that the fuel you are using is fresh – it’s widespread to have a no-start situation if the fuel is stale or unsuitable for the engine.
  • If you have good spark and fresh fuel, give this quick trick a try – take off the air filter and shoot a little carb cleaner or starting fluid into the intake, then try cranking the engine over.
  • If the engine doesn’t start, the issue could be either a valve or a compression issue. On the other hand, if the engine starts and then dies, the fuel injector is likely either plugged or bad.

These are just a few steps to diagnose the issue with your engine not starting. If you still need help, it’s best to get a professional technician to look and ensure that there isn’t any deeper problem, such as a damaged part or electrical issue.

2. Overheating Issue:

In most cases, the cause of an overheating engine is a lack of coolant, which can be caused by a failed cooling system or an inadequate amount of coolant in the system.

Therefore, to ensure that your Massimo’s engine runs smoothly, you must regularly top up the coolant level and check the system for any leaks.

In some cases, the issue of an overheating engine might be caused by a faulty thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for regulating the engine's temperature and might need to be replaced if it is not working correctly.

How to Fix:

If there is an issue with the coolant in the engine, it is advisable to check the dilution level of antifreeze. Keep the ratio to 1:1 or more significant than this value.

The coolant issues arise due to damage in the radiator sensor and fan motor, so it is better to get them fixed by a mechanic.

  • STEP 1: Check the fan behind the radiator. While the temperature is high, the fan must be ON.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions
  • STEP 2: If the fan is not ON, check the temperature sensor on the radiator. Put the jumper lead on the sensor, and the fan must be ON. If the fan doesn’t get turned ON, you need to check the fan.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions

3. 4-Wheel Drive Issue:

Many Massimo owners have experienced the 4WD issue, which can be a significant inconvenience when trying to get to your destination.

When you push the button from 2WD to 4WD and nothing happens, it’s not just a minor annoyance but a significant safety issue. You never want to be stuck in a situation where your vehicle isn’t shifting into 4WD when needed.

If the vehicle is sluggish in 4×4 and you can smell hot gear oil, the transfer case is likely the culprit. The transfer case could be worn out, or it could be low on fluid.

How to Fix:

To diagnose the 4WD issue, the checkpoint would be the relays. It’s located under the front hood beside the battery.

  • STEP 1: Uncover the relays. The 4th relay is your 4WD relay.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions
  • STEP 2: Remove the relay.
  • STEP 3: Excahnge it with a new 4WD relay.

If the relays are OK and no issue is found, the next check point is the 4WD servo motor.

Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions

If any issue is found in the servo motor, you need to excahange the module here to fix the 4WD problem of your Massimo UTV.

4. Wiring Problems:

The most common issues with Massimo UTVs are wiring issues with the headlight, the starting system, and the electrical signals.

These are all critical parts of the Massimo UTV and can cause severe problems if they are not taken care of properly.

The common problems due to wiring/electrical issue are:

  • Lights do not work.
  • Vehicle cannot go into 4 wheel drive mode.
  • Rear differential will not work.
  • Meter display is not normal.
  • Start switch on meter board will not work.
One of the most common causes of wiring issues with Massimo UTVs is when the wires become torn or cut. This can happen when the vehicle is being used off-road or when tree branches or other objects accidentally cut the wires.

Accidents can occur if the wires connected to the headlights are cut off. Again, this can be very dangerous and lead to severe injury.

How to Fix:

It is better to replace the damaged wiring of Massimo UTV with a good quality and new wiring system that is unbreakable and can last longer than usual.

However, the replacement process can be tricky and requires a certain level of expertise.

If you’re not confident, it’s best to take it to a professional who can ensure that the job is done correctly and safely.

Avoiding the vehicle’s movement in a place full of branches that can entangle the wiring is also recommended.

5. Malfunctioning in Injector:

The malfunctioning injector of Massimo UTV can create severe problems.

An injector is a device that injects fuel into an engine, and when it’s dirty or clogged with debris, it can cause serious problems.

Misfiring, increased noise, and more frequent engine stuttering are all common symptoms of a bad injector.
Massimo UTV Troubleshooting: Top Problems And Solutions

Poor performance at speed and rising fuel consumption are also signs of a faulty injector.

However, the most severe issue with a defective injector is that it can cause your engine to cease working altogether.

This can result in your UTV seizing and sending vibrations through the vehicle’s body.

How to Fix:

Replacing the injector is the easier option, but it can be more costly than taking the time to clean the existing injector. 

If you decide to go the replacement route, purchase a quality injector and ensure it is compatible with your UTV. 

If you clean your injector, 

  • STEP 1: Remove the fuel injector from the vehicle
  • STEP 2: Clean it with a quality cleaning solution. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning the injector. 
  • STEP 3: Once the debris has been removed, use compressed air to blow out any remaining residue. This will help to ensure your injector is working optimally. 
  • STEP 4: Finally, before reinstalling the injector, it is essential to check for any leaks or excessive oil in the injector. 
  • STEP 5: If there are any present, replace the injector before reinstalling it.

6. Problems in the Braking System:

The braking system in the Massimo UTV is known to have a slower stopping time than other vehicles.

If you need to come to an emergency stop, the Massimo UTV might respond slower than you'd like, and you may find yourself running into objects despite your best efforts.

This can be extremely dangerous and can lead to severe accidents. That’s why it’s so essential for Massimo UTV owners to be aware of the braking issue and to be extra cautious when driving.

It’s best to avoid driving at full speed, and to apply the brakes with the knowledge that there may be a delay in the stopping time.

Brake Architecture for Massimo UTV:

The front brake is a hydraulic disc-type brake depressing the brake pedal. These brakes are self-adjusting and require no adjustment.

The rear brake is also a hydraulic disc-type brake and is activated by the same pedal that activates the front brake. Fortunately, these brakes are also self-adjusting and require no maintenance other than periodic checks of the pads for wear.

How to Fix:

So, how often do hydraulic disc brakes need checking?

This will depend on the type of driving you are doing. This is because constant stopping and going during highway and motorway driving can have an impact on the pads and discs of your brakes over time.

  • When changing the pads, this should be done when the friction material is worn to 3/64″(1mm). This will ensure that your brakes still provide the same level of stopping power and safety as they were when they were new.
  • In addition, you should also inspect the brake disc and pad wear surface for any signs of excessive wear.
  • If your braking system stops responding while driving the Massimo UTV, you can attempt the emergency braking system to pass out that phase.
  • Insufficient brakes can destroy the standby objects, so it is better to replace the damaged brakes with new ones by a mechanic.

7. The problem of Gears:

The issue with the gear system in Massimo UTV is that it can get stuck to the vehicle’s working.

There are various causes behind this issue, including the usage of poor-quality gear oil and poor adjustment of gear linkage. As a result, the vehicle does not shift properly when the gears are not appropriately adjusted.

How to Fix:

If you want to adjust the gears in your vehicle, make sure to follow these steps:

  • STEP 1: Make sure to set your Massimo UTV in a neutral state.
  • STEP 2: The next step is removing the linkage from the shift box and inspecting bell cranks, and ball ends.
  • STEP 3: If the ball ends and associated components are damaged, replace them and, in the end, shift the gear to a neutral state.

If there is damage in the internal gearbox, you can try these steps to diagnose:

  • STEP 1: Ensure the engine is off, and remove the components like the belt cover and drive belt.
  • STEP 2: After removing, shift the vehicle to gear and manually rotate the clutch.
  • STEP 3: If the vehicle is jammed and does not move, there is likely an issue in the gearbox that needs replacement.

8. Poor Acceleration System:

The issue with acceleration is common in Massimo UTVs, which is observed when the accelerator pedal is pressed on the vehicle.

The acceleration problem is not considered a big problem by owners, but it can create issues while driving on highways or near the fields.

The acceleration problems of Massimo UTVs can be attributed to a few factors.

  • Firstly, the engine and transmission of the vehicle may not be working in harmony.
  • The UTV may only be able to accelerate if the engine and transmission are working in tandem.
  • Additionally, the spark plugs and other parts of the combustion system may be malfunctioning, leading to less power output from the engine.

The other common causes behind the poor acceleration system in Massimo UTV are the use of a dirty or old gas tank, faults in the transfer pump screen and emission system, and low fuel pressure in the vehicle.

How to Fix:

It is better to check and replace the transfer pump screen and emission system if they have a fault.

You can clean the gas tank if it is dirty, as dust and other particles accumulated in the gas tank can create hindrances in the working of the acceleration system.

You can also replace the gas tank if required but seeking help from a mechanic is recommended.

9. The Internal Problems with the Engine:

Engine problem is one of the most common issues with Massimo UTV, which has various causes. However, overheating is considered the main culprit behind this issue of the engine, which decreases its lifespan.

Problems with the ejector can also create internal issues in the engine. For example, the ejector gets clogged with dust and dirt that can slow down the working of the engine.

How to Fix:



Failure in performance

If the engine of Massimo UTV shows poor power performance, it is advisable to check the components like an air filter, muffler, and spark arrestor. Clean out these components that can increase the engine's performance.

The issue of noise in engine

If your engine in Massimo UTV is producing a popping noise, it is better to check the components like:

  • Connection joint of the exhaust

  • Pipe muffler to detect any leakage

  • Admission line to detect any leakage

  • Grade of gasoline to check its level

Low temperature and starting issue in engine

The engine shows a problem starting when the outer temperature is low and is near minus 18 Celsius. You can place your vehicle in a warm place and determine the drop in battery voltage to detect this issue.

10. Parts Excluded from Warranty:

Here are the items excluded from Massimo 400 UTV warranty coverage:

  • Throttle, air filter, fuel filter, oil filter bodies
  • Tops
  • Brake, throttle, idle, or shift cables
  • Rear and front spindles
  • UTV Hardware
  • Taillight or headlight lodging lightbulbs
  • Plastic and rubber parts
  • Front and rear tires
  • Sway bar and swing arm bushings
  • Front and rear brake pads
  • Front and rear wheels
  • Mirrors
  • UTV Winches
  • Floorboards
  • Drive chains
  • Clutch belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Windshields
  • Seat boards and seats
  • Rear and front rotors
  • Rear and front axles
  • Fluids
  • Injectors

Pros and Cons of Massimo UTV:



Massimo UTV vehicles hold a range of fantastic products and are unique brands for UTVs.

This vehicle creates some problems during powering up.

Massimo UTVs holds excellent value in respect of money.

Various problems arise with the vehicle's injector due to leakage and dust.

This vehicle's parts can easily be replaced and are available on order.

There is less storage area in this vehicle which is not according to the cost of the UTV.

Overall Customer Feedback on Massimo UTV:

When it comes to Massimo UTVs, it’s not surprising to hear users complaining about their poor acceleration systems, braking systems, and wiring issues.

After all, these problems are well-known amongst Massimo owners.

However, despite its shortcomings, Massimo owners quickly agree that the UTVs are incredibly powerful. So, it may be worth investing in a Massimo if power is your priority.

Let’s look at what customers say about their experiences with the Massimo UTV.

9 Most Common Massimo UTV Issues & How to Fix Them
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Final Thought:

Massimo UTVs have some potential issues that may be difficult to work around, but they are still viable for those who want a robust, reliable, and spacious side-by-side (SxS) vehicle.

Massimo owners are often pleased with their vehicles, but potential buyers should research and ensure they know what to expect.

With the proper knowledge and maintenance, Massimo UTVs can be an excellent choice for those looking for an adventure-ready vehicle.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Who are the manufacturers of Massimo UTV engines?

Hisun, a USA-based China manufacturing company, manufactures Massimo UTV engines. They are ranked 6th on the list of largest UTV producers in Northern America. Hisun feats as the marker of the Massimo 500-UTV producer and were distinguishable in the market in 2011.

How can a person make the most of the use of power from the Massimo 500?

One of the best ways of getting more power out from the Massimo 500 is to gain the perfect horsepower. Therefore, upgrading the intake air temperature sensor signal and MAF and MAP sensor in the Massimo UTV 500 engine is better.

Which sort of motor is used in the Massimo warrior engine?

The Massimo warrior vehicle uses a powerful engine that is 196cc engine and has a 25MPH top speed that helps to achieve maximum mileage on roads.

What is the suggested cost price of the Massimo 500 vehicle?

The recommended cost rice of the Massimo 500 vehicle is ranged between $7999. Therefore, it is considered its base price.

Which UTV vehicles are considered the best ones regarding price?

The best side-by-side UTV vehicles concerning price are as follows:

  • Polaris RZR Pro Ultimate vehicle
  •  Kawasaki KRX 1000 vehicle
  •  Z-Force 950 vehicle
  •  Polaris RZR XP 1000 sport vehicle
  •  Can-AM Maverick X3 Turbo vehicle
  •  Hisun Strike 1000R vehicle
  •  Yamaha XT-R vehicle

How much is the worth of the Massimo 2016 vehicle?

The base price of the Massimo 500 vehicle of the 2016 model is ranged between $8995.

How fast can a Massimo UTV go on roads?

The Massimo T-Boss 750 vehicle can achieve a top speed of 52 MPH on roads.

What kind of oil is used in the Massimo side-by-side vehicle?

The Massimo side-by-side vehicle uses a premium, high-mileage synthetic motor oil blend. It is compatible with other cars, too, like Bennche, Hisun, Cub cadet, and much more.


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If the gas gauge and tilt steering are not functioning properly in your Massimo UTV, you can follow these steps to troubleshoot and potentially fix the issues:

Gas Gauge Not Working:

Check the Fuel Level Manually: Use a dipstick or gauge to manually check the fuel level in the tank to determine if you need to refuel.

Sending Unit: The gas gauge receives information from a sending unit in the fuel tank. This unit could be faulty. Consider having it checked or replaced by a professional mechanic.

Tilt Steering Not Functioning:

Lubrication: Lack of lubrication might cause the tilt mechanism to get stuck. Apply a suitable lubricant to the moving parts, but avoid using excessive amounts.

If you're uncomfortable with troubleshooting and repairs, taking your Massimo UTV to a qualified mechanic or a service center is recommended. They have the expertise and tools to diagnose and fix these issues correctly.