How to care for a Polaris Ranger

The Polaris Ranger is a versatile 4×4 that was designed to tackle any terrain with speed and reliability. While your Ranger may be able to take dunes and swamps with equal ferocity, it won’t be able to operate at such a high level for ever without some regular care and maintenance. Looking into a few common trouble spots will keep your Ranger safe and functional for a long time.

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  1. Β Inspect the steering components. Tug on the steering wheel to see if it gives at all. A proper steering wheel will be firmly attached. While a little looseness is not an emergency, it can gradually develop into a problem that could leave you stranded without steering. Best to tighten and repair any looseness in advance.
  2. Check your clutch’s free space. Over the life of a clutch the pedal linkage can grow spaced out, which will result in a failure to properly shift gears. If you notice problems when disengaging the clutch, adjust the linkage to give you about an inch of free space.
  3. Test the brakes on your Polaris by starting the engine with the parking brakes on and stepping on the brake pedal. If the pedal travels further than halfway down to the floor, it will need adjusted. In addition, keep your ears open for any squealing when you use the breaks. This could be a sign they need replaced.

  4. Look at the condition of your tires regularly. These are one of the most important aspects of your 4×4 when considering performance and safety. Inspect the tread to see if they are being worn down. Rotate the tires every 5,000 miles and frequently test the pressure to make sure it is at the proper level.
  5. Change the oil and filter of your Polaris’ engine every 3,000 miles for best engine performance.

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