Polaris Oil Change Problems and Solutions

Introduction

Welcome back to the channel! In this article, we will be discussing some common problems that arise when changing the oil in a Polaris vehicle and provide solutions to make the process easier. Changing the oil filter in a Polaris can be a challenging task, but we have discovered a simpler way to do it. Read on to learn more!

The Messy Shop and Storage Solution

In our messy shop, we have installed some storage on the roof to optimize space. This allows us to stay organized and have easy access to our tools and equipment. Having a well-organized shop is essential when working on any vehicle, including Polaris.

The Pain of Changing the Oil Filter

Changing the oil filter in a Polaris vehicle has always been a pain. The filter is located in a tight spot between the body and the engine, making it difficult to reach and unscrew. Additionally, following the service manual instructions can involve removing various parts, such as tires, to gain easier access to the filter. This can be time-consuming and messy.

A Easier Way to Change the Oil Filter

One day, while changing the belt on our Polaris vehicle, we stumbled upon a solution to make changing the oil filter much easier. We noticed that by removing the upper hose, which is held by the same screw as the oil filter, we could easily reach the filter from the top side. This method eliminates the need to reach in between the body and the engine, reducing the mess and frustration associated with the traditional method.

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing the Oil Filter

Here is a step-by-step guide to changing the oil filter in a Polaris vehicle using our new method:

  1. Move any obstructions and ensure you have an oil drain pan ready.
  2. Remove the upper hose, which is held by the same screw as the oil filter.
  3. Slide the hose out of the way to gain access to the oil filter.
  4. Position the oil drain pan underneath the filter.
  5. Unscrew the oil filter using the new method from the top side.
  6. Once removed, clean the area where the oil filter was attached.
  7. Replace the old oil filter with a new one.
  8. Wipe down the area and ensure it is clean.
  9. Reattach the upper hose.
  10. Dispose of the used oil filter properly.

The Importance of Using the Correct Drain Plug

During our oil change process, we encountered an important lesson about using the correct drain plug. In our case, there were two drain plugs underneath the vehicle, and we accidentally pulled the wrong one. This resulted in draining the transmission crankcase instead of the engine oil. To avoid this mistake, always double-check the drain plug and ensure it matches the oil system you are working on.

Refilling the Rear End

Since we pulled the drain plug on the rear end during our oil change process, we needed to refill it. To do this, we used a hose with a valve adapter that fit the opening of the rear end. By using this tool, we were able to easily and cleanly refill the rear end without any spills.

Monitoring the Fill Level

While refilling the rear end, it is essential to monitor the fill level to ensure it is correct. Fill the rear end until the oil reaches the top of the threads, but no higher. To check if the rear end is full, leave the fill hose in place and tilt it downwards. If the oil stops flowing and there is no backup in the hose, the rear end is likely full. Remember to remove the fill hose and properly dispose of any excess oil.

Conclusion

Changing the oil filter in a Polaris vehicle can be a challenging task, but with our new method, it becomes much easier and less messy. By removing the upper hose, you gain better access to the oil filter from the top side, eliminating the need to reach between the body and the engine. Additionally, always double-check the drain plug to avoid any mishaps. Refilling the rear end can be done cleanly and efficiently using a hose with a valve adapter. By following these tips and tricks, you can successfully change the oil in your Polaris vehicle with ease. Happy riding!

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