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POLARIS SNOWMOBILE
HELP CENTER
2/15/2024

Get Your Snowmobile Ready to Ride

Consult your Owner's Manual for complete details on maintenance procedures. Search our Help Center to find maintenance procedures for your specific model. 

Pay attention to the following maintenance items when preparing your snowmobile for the season. Detailed maintenance procedures can be found in your Owner's Manual. Always follow those detailed instructions, as well as the maintenance intervals outlined in your Owner's Manual.

Your local Polaris Dealer can help you with any maintenance questions or procedures. To find a Polaris Dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.

Chaincase lubrication and tension: Inspect the chaincase fluid level and the tension. Add fluid as required.

Fuel quality: Inspect the fuel system to verify that you have a completely full fuel tank. Models affected by Safety Recall S-24-01 must use E10 fuel (10% ethanol) 91+ octane and the "Non-premium/Ethanol" fuel type mode only. For information on models affected by Safety Recall S-24-01 and selecting your fuel mode, read Snowmobile Safety Recall S-24-01. For models not affected, refer to your Owner’s Manual.

Using fuels other than E10 may increase the risk of electrostatic spark which could burst the fuel tank and may start a fire in fuel tank when the engine is running. 

Never use E85 or 88 E15 fuel in your snowmobile as severe engine damage may occur. 

Snowmobiles with 550 engines are designed to run on 87 octane non-oxygenated or 89 octane oxygenated pump gasoline. There's a great deal of variability in the quality of 87 octane gasoline available across the country, so Polaris encourages the use of premium fuel when possible. Do not use fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol (including E85).

Using fuels with a lower than recommended octane or operating with obstructed fuel systems will result in serious and costly engine damage. Always use the recommended fuel for your machine. Models affected by Safety Recall S-24-01 must use E10 fuel (10% ethanol) 91+ octane and the "Non-premium/Ethanol" fuel type mode only. For information on models affected by Safety Recall S-24-01 and selecting your fuel mode, read Snowmobile Safety Recall S-24-01. For models not affected, refer to your Owner’s ManualPerform maintenance as recommended. Prolonged exposure to petroleum-based products may damage paint. Always protect painted surfaces when handling fuel.

Track tension: Ensure your track tension and track alignment are adjusted and set to specification. If the track is studded, the track tension must be set to specification and inspected more frequently. This will ensure maximum performance and optimize track and rail slider wear.

Rail slider condition: Inspect your rail sliders for excessive or uneven wear. Replace them when worn to the indicator. This will ensure you start the season with rail sliders in good condition and with even wear.

Rails: Check for bends that occur as a result of hard landings. Inspect and re-torque fasteners, mounting bolts and idler bolts. This ensures you start the season with rails that are straight and in good condition.

Brake disc and brake pads: Inspect your brake disc for signs of material or discoloration that could indicate the brake is dragging. Inspect your brake pads and replace them if required. This ensures you start the season with a brake system in good working order.

Cooling system: Check the coolant level, radiator cap and coolant hoses to ensure the cooling system works properly.

Chassis and suspension fasteners: Inspect and re-torque your fasteners, mounting bolts and pitman arms.

For more information and maintenance procedures for your specific snowmobile, consult your Owner's Manual.
For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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