Changing the oil and filter, guide for Polaris Ranger | Polaris Oil

Introduction

At polarisoil.com, we understand the importance of regular oil changes for maintaining the performance and longevity of your Polaris Ranger. In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to change the oil and filter in your Polaris Ranger. Whether you have a Ranger 500, Ranger 800, or Ranger 1000, we’ve got you covered. 

Changing the oil and filter in your Polaris Ranger 500

Step 1: Prepare your Ranger

Start by parking your Ranger on a level surface and allowing the engine to idle for a few minutes to warm up. Once warmed up, turn off the engine. This will help the oil flow more easily during the oil change process.

Step 2: Access the engine

Lift the cargo box of your Ranger to access the engine. Before removing the oil cap, clean the surrounding area to prevent any dirt or debris from falling into the engine.

Step 3: Drain the oil

Position your oil-draining pan beneath the crankcase to catch the oil. To prevent oil from splashing, place a cloth at the bottom of the drain pan. Carefully remove the drain plug using an Allen socket (6mm) to drain the oil.

Step 4: Remove the oil filter

Use a 2.5” wrench to remove the oil filter by spinning it counterclockwise. Wipe the crankcase’s filter sealing surface using a dry cloth and remove the old filter O-ring. Apply a bit of engine oil to lubricate the new O-ring.

Step 5: Install the new filter and drain plug

Install the new oil filter by rotating it clockwise. Make sure the sealing surface contacts the filter gasket, and then turn it once more. The part number for the Ranger 500 oil filter is 2540086. Install a brand-new sealing washer atop the drain plug and reinstall the plug using the 6mm Allen socket.

Step 6: Add new oil

Add two quarts of Polaris PS-4 Full Synthetic oil to your Ranger. Replace the oil fill cap and engine oil dipstick.

Step 7: Start the engine

Start up your engine and let it idle for about two minutes before turning it off. Look for any signs of leakage and wipe down the area surrounding the engine oil dipstick.

Step 8: Check the oil level

Remove the dipstick, check the oil level, and add more oil if needed to reach the higher dipstick mark.

Changing the oil and filter in your Polaris Ranger 800

Step 1: Prepare your Ranger

Park your Polaris Ranger 800 on flat ground. Start up the engine and let it idle for two minutes before turning it off.

Step 2: Access the engine

Place an oil drain pan underneath the crankcase to catch the oil. Clean around the drain plug to ensure a clean removal.

Step 3: Remove the drain plug

Use an Allen socket (6mm) to carefully remove the drain plug and let the oil drain.

Step 4: Install the new drain plug

Reinstall the sealing washer onto the drain plug and ensure that both the crankcase and drain plug sealing surfaces are clean before tightening the plug with the Allen socket.

Step 5: Remove the seat

Pull the front of the seat up and slide it forward to remove it.

Step 6: Remove the oil filter

Position shop towels underneath the oil filter and use a 2.5” wrench to remove the filter. Clean the sealing surface on the crankcase using a dry cloth.

Step 7: Install the new filter

Apply a small amount of engine oil to lubricate the new filter’s O-ring and verify that it’s in solid condition. Install the new filter and hand-tighten it so the sealing surface comes in contact with the gasket before giving it another slight turn.

Step 8: Fill with oil

Wipe down the dipstick area near the rear wheel well. Remove the dipstick and fill it with two quarts of Polaris PS-4 5W-50 oil.

Step 9: Start the engine

Start up the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.

Step 10: Check for leaks and oil level

Turn off the engine and check for any signs of leakage. Use the dipstick to check the oil level and add more oil if necessary.

Changing the oil and filter in your Polaris Ranger 1000

Step 1: Prepare your Ranger

Park your Polaris Ranger 1000 on a level surface and start up the engine. Let it idle for two minutes before turning it off.

Step 2: Access the engine

Clean the area around the drain plug and place an oil drain pan underneath the crankcase.

Step 3: Remove the drain plug

Use an Allen socket (6mm) to carefully remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain.

Step 4: Install the new drain plug

Reinstall the sealing washer onto the drain plug and tighten it to a torque of 12 ft-lbs using the Allen socket.

Step 5: Remove the heat shield

Use a T40 TORX® socket to remove the heat shield.

Step 6: Remove the oil filter

Turn the oil filter counterclockwise using an oil filter wrench. Clean the crankcase’s filter sealing surface using a dry cloth.

Step 7: Install the new filter

Apply a small amount of engine oil to lubricate the new filter’s O-ring. Install the new filter and hand-tighten it so the sealing surface comes in contact with the gasket before giving it another slight turn.

Step 8: Reinstall the heat shield

Reinstall the heat shield using the T40 TORX® socket.

Step 9: Fill with oil

Prior to removing the dipstick or oil fill cap, clean the surrounding area. Fill the engine with two quarts of Polaris PS-4 5W-50 oil.

Step 10: Start the engine and check oil level

Start up the engine and let it idle for two minutes. Turn off the engine and check for leaks. Use the dipstick to check the oil level and add more oil if necessary.

Resetting the oil change indicator

Step 1: Start the engine

Start up the engine and allow it to idle.

Step 2: Access the service interval screen

Locate the “Mode” button on the instrument cluster and press and hold it until the service interval screen appears.

Step 3: Reset the service interval

Use the “Mode” button to navigate to the “Service Hours” or “Oil Change” option. Press and hold the “Mode” button again to reset the service interval. Continue holding the button until the service interval resets to 0 or a confirmation message appears. Release the “Mode” button.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can easily change the oil and filter in your Polaris Ranger with confidence. Regular oil changes are a crucial part of maintaining the performance and longevity of your vehicle. Don’t forget to follow the recommended oil change intervals and use the appropriate oil and filter for your specific model.

For more information or to find high-quality accessories for your Polaris Ranger, visit our website at polarisoil.com. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us at 408-688-7281 (11am-8pm), 650-469-6587 (6am-2pm), or 669-251-7098 (9pm-6am). We are here to help!

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