How to Change the Oil Filter (2540086) in a Polaris GENERAL XP 1000 or XP 4 1000



This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to change the oil filter in a Polaris GENERAL XP 1000 or XP 4 1000. It is important to properly maintain your vehicle to ensure optimal performance and longevity. The oil filter plays a crucial role in keeping the engine clean and functioning properly. By following these instructions and using the recommended products, you can easily complete this maintenance task and keep your Polaris GENERAL running smoothly.


Before starting the oil filter change process, it is important to gather all the necessary tools and equipment. Here are the items you will need:

  1. Drain Pan
  2. Shop Rags
  3. Nitrile Gloves
  4. Safety Glasses
  5. Funnel
  6. Torque Wrench
  7. 6mm Allen Socket
  8. 8mm Socket
  9. Ratchet
  10. Grease Gun

It is crucial to wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves throughout the entire process to protect yourself from any potential accidents or injuries.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare the Vehicle

  • Park the vehicle on a flat, level surface.
  • Ensure that the vehicle is in PARK.
  • Start the engine and allow it to warm up at idle for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stop the engine.

Step 2: Access the Oil Cap and Drain Plug

  • Tilt the cargo bed to access the oil cap.
  • Remove any debris near the engine oil cap and remove the oil cap.
  • Clean the area around the oil drain plug.
  • Place a drain pan under the engine crankcase.
  • Place a rag in the bottom of the drain pan to prevent the splashing of oil.

Step 3: Drain the Oil

  • Remove the drain plug with a 6mm Allen socket and allow the oil to drain completely.
  • Be cautious of hot oil, as it can cause burns. Do not allow hot oil to contact your skin.

Step 4: Replace the Oil Filter

  • While the oil is draining, turn the oil filter counter-clockwise with a 2.5-inch (64mm) oil filter wrench to remove it.
  • Use a clean, dry cloth to clean the filter sealing surface on the engine crankcase.
  • Lubricate the O-ring on the new oil filter with a film of fresh engine oil.
  • Ensure that the O-ring is in good condition.
  • Install the new filter and rotate it clockwise by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface.
  • Turn the filter an additional three quarters of a turn to ensure a secure fit.
  • The filter is included in the oil change kit.

Step 5: Replace the Drain Plug

  • Replace the sealing washer on the drain plug.
  • Ensure that the sealing surfaces on the drain plug and crankcase are clean and free of burrs, nicks, or scratches.
  • Reinstall the engine oil drain plug and tighten it to 12 ft-lbs (16 Nm).

Step 6: Refill the Engine with Oil

  • Fill the engine with 2.5 quarts (2.4 liters) of engine oil.
  • Start the engine and allow it to idle for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stop the engine and inspect for any leaks.
  • Clean any residual oil off the vehicle.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a shop towel.
  • Reinstall the dipstick fully and remove it again to check the oil level.
  • Add oil as needed to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick.

Step 7: Complete Additional Maintenance Tasks

In addition to changing the engine oil, there are a few other maintenance tasks that should be completed:

  • Grease the propshaft by accessing the grease zerks through the driver’s rear wheel well and the access hole in the middle of the skid plate.
  • Clean the spark arrestor by loosening the spark arrestor fastener with an 8mm socket and pulling the spark arrestor out to clean it. Reinstall the spark arrestor and fastener, tightening to 8 ft-lbs (11 Nm).

Resetting the Service Interval

The service interval counter on the instrument cluster of your Polaris GENERAL is programmed to 25 hours at the factory. When the counter reaches zero, the wrench icon will flash for about 10 seconds each time the key is turned on. It serves as a reminder to perform routine maintenance. Here are the steps to reset or change the service interval:

  • Press and hold the MODE (4) button to enter the settings menu.
  • Use the toggle buttons (5) to cycle to the “Service Hours” option.
  • Press MODE to select.
  • Press MODE again to reset the existing value and exit, or use the toggle buttons to change the value.
  • Press MODE to save and exit the settings menu.

For a seven-button Ride Command display, you can reset the interval by following these steps:

  • Select the Settings button.
  • In the settings menu, select the Vehicle tab.
  • Select RESET.
  • Confirm the reset by tapping the red RESET button.

If you need further assistance, consult your authorized Polaris Dealer.


Regularly changing the oil and oil filter in your Polaris GENERAL XP 1000 or XP 4 1000 is essential for maintaining optimal performance and prolonging the lifespan of your vehicle. By following the step-by-step guide provided in this article and using the recommended products, you can easily complete this maintenance task. Remember to also complete additional tasks, such as greasing the propshaft and cleaning the spark arrestor, to ensure your vehicle is in top condition.

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