Landmaster has been manufacturing off-road vehicles since the 1960s, and has been crafting quality, rugged, dependable UTVs for nearly two decades. No matter the brand or whether they are used for recreation or work, UTVs can have their share of problems. Landmaster is no different, as ours has had a few issues over the years.
Some of the problems associated with Landmaster UTVs include engine and transmission complications, loose transmission belts, battery weakness, and other issues. Like most UTV makers, Landmaster has had a few recalls on their models as well. While some of these issues come with easy fixes like charging the battery, others may require the expertise of trained technicians.
We’re going to dive into these common Landmaster UTV problems in more detail. We’ll also inform you of any recalls from Landmaster and briefly go over the company’s history. So, read on to find out what you can come to expect from a Landmaster UTV, how to troubleshoot them, and possible remedies.
What is a Landmaster UTV?
The American Landmaster brand vehicle is a Utility Terrain Vehicle or UTV. Though All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have many similarities to UTVs such as being 2 or 4-wheel drive and mainly used as off-road vehicles, they are also quite different.
An ATV is typically a single-person vehicle used mainly for recreation such as trail riding and hunting. UTVs on the other hand have seats for 2 to 4 people and have many more applications such as towing and hauling capabilities. A UTV usually has a roll-cage or enclosed cabin as well as a steering wheel, and brake and gas pedals similar to cars and trucks.
Landmaster UTVs can be used for work. They can haul trailers and equipment or transport employees. They can be fitted with accessories such as a plow for snow removal or grading, and some are even being outfitted with mowing decks.
When you’re ready for some exciting recreational fun, the Landmaster UTV is there for you. They have 4-wheel drive options for mudding, mountain climbing, traveling over sandy dunes, and much more. When it comes to hunting or camping, UTVs can carry everything you need and more, as well as the ability to take you to quiet, secluded spots.
Who Makes the Landmaster UTV?
In 1967, Manco Products was founded. They started manufacturing mini-bikes and go-karts and stuck with that model for decades. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that Manco Products was sold to a private equity firm that they started expanding on their products.
Manco Products started manufacturing youth ATVs in 1999 and they soon changed their name to Manco PowerSports. After a period of growth and prosperity, as well as a few more name changes, Manco noticed the growing popularity of UTVs.
In the year 2017, Manco adopted the name American Landmaster, after their most popular line of UTVs. Two short years later, the company dropped the manufacture of all other vehicles to focus solely on UTV production.
Now the company’s headquarters and single manufacturing facility are located in Indiana, where they employ nearly 200 people full-time.
Landmaster UTV Specifications
American Landmaster has several different models of UTV for nearly any budget and application. You can find basic packages on their website, or you can customize your ride with many exciting options. Some of these include bigger wheels, upgraded seats, mirrors, dump beds, and much more.
Below you’ll find the basic specs for most of the models on offer.
|Engine||277cc, Single Cylinder, Kohler||429 cc, EFI, Single Cylinder, Kohler||479 cc, V-Twin Carbureted Briggs & Stratton||694 cc V-Twin Kohler EFI||Lithium-Powered AC Navitas|
|Brakes||Rear Hydraulic Drum||Front and Rear Hydraulic Disc||Front and Rear Hydraulic Disc||Front and Rear Hydraulic Disc||Front and Rear Hydraulic Disc|
|Bed Capacity||400 lbs||600 lbs||700 lbs||700 to 1000 lbs||500 to 700 lbs|
|Tow Capacity||1000 lbs||1300 lbs||1500 lbs||1500 to 1750 lbs||1200 to 1500 lbs|
|Top Speed||24 mph||24 mph||24 mph||34 mph||30 mph|
|Number of Passengers||2, including driver||2, including driver||2, including driver||Up to 4, including driver (Crew model)||Up to 4, including driver (Crew model)|
Now let’s find out what recalls and common problems you may encounter from American Landmaster UTVs.
Recalls: Landmaster UTV
- In 2018 Landmaster recalled about 1500 gas-powered units. The problem presented was a possible fuel lead from the gas tank, which had the potential to start a fire. Models include:
- CREW 2
- CREW 4
- CREW 4X
- In February of 2022, Landmaster put out a recall on many of their models because of a steering shaft issue. It could separate from the steering joint causing a loss of control, and the potential for a crash.
The recall involved models equipped with non-power steering options. Models related to this recall include:
If you own any of these model vehicles manufactured within these model years, you are urged to stop using it immediately and contact your dealership. The UTV needs to be inspected and repaired by qualified technicians.
Common Problems and Simple Solutions with the Landmaster UTV
Some of the common problems associated with the Landmaster brand of UTV can include engine problems such as a high idle, issues with shifting into gear, battery complications, and performance troubles.
Not every American Landmaster UTV will experience all or any of these problems. These are just common complaints from users and may vary by year or model, or brand-wide.
Common Engine Complaints
The engine can sometimes idle too high. This can cause stress on the engine, make it overheat, and shorten the life of the engine.
Sometimes it may take a few minutes for the engine to reach a proper temperature, and it will idle at a higher speed until it gets where it needs to be. If after 10 to 15 minutes of run time the idle is still too high, you may have to lubricate or adjust the throttle cable.
Shifting into neutral from forward to backward may become difficult. These UTVs need to be in neutral to be started, and if you can’t shift it, you won’t even be able to start the vehicle. This can be caused by cold temperatures or dirt in the cables.
Though some models shift electronically and don’t have cables, in these cases you may have to take the UTV to a dealer to have them look at it.
One of the best ways to prevent this sort of problem is to make sure you properly service the vehicle and transmission. Keeping it clean and free of mud, dirt, and other debris will go a long way in extending the life of your UTV as well.
Loose Transmission Belts
You may hear a slapping noise around the transmission housing while the unit is idling. If this is the case, you may have a loose transmission belt. Another symptom of a loose transmission belt is low power, or the inability to go anywhere.
You’ll have to take the Landmaster UTV to the dealer to have this fixed. The pulleys may need to be replaced or the housing will need to be worked on.
Possible Battery Problems
A dead battery could be caused by a few issues. The battery could have died, maybe the key wasn’t turned off completely, or you may have a bad starter solenoid.
First, make sure the vehicle is turned off completely and check all the battery and starter cables. If there is any corrosion or the wires are loose, clean and tighten them. Then try to charge the battery fully.
If your battery doesn’t charge, replace it. If it does charge, and it happens again, you’ll need to replace the starter solenoid.
Landmaster UTV Won’t Start
Assuming you have checked the battery and all the cables by following the steps above, when your UTV won’t start, there could be an issue with the starter, the ignition switch, or the voltage regulator.
If all you hear is a clicking sound when you turn the key, you may have to replace the starter. You should also check the ignition switch and voltage regulator with a multimeter to make sure these parts have not failed. If you continue to have problems, take it to a dealer.
American Landmaster UTVs are rugged vehicles made for work or play. Like all UTVs they have their own share of problems. Common issues related to Landmaster include battery issues, high idle, and slapping noises made by loose transmission cables.
They have also had a few recalls related to fuel leaking or having the steering column come loose. Most of these issues have easy fixes, such as adjusting the idle cable or taking the UTV to the dealer for recall repairs.
Knowing what problems to be on the lookout for will help to keep you and your passengers safe whether you are out in the wilderness having fun, or working on the farm and getting your chores done.
I’m William Guzenski, ASE certified master automobile technician & automotive expert. I love to attend race events and car shows throughout the country. I also loves to travel 40-foot motorhome, exploring abandoned mines and ghost towns. I’m currently building another car for Bonneville Salt Flats and will be campaigning a drag car at several events.