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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Priming

I am about to do my first oil change on my 2011 400 HO Sportsman and the owners manual says that I have to prime the oil pump afterwards. I am mechanically inclined and have worked on all my cars and trucks before. This being said the manual says that I should hear a rush of air after taking off the clamp on the line. Anyways this seems different from anything I have done before and wanted to get some advice from other members here. Thanks for the help..

FYI the 500 HO and this bike share the same owners manual.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 08:23 PM
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I'd bet the dealer won't even pull the screen. Drain oil, change filter. Change oil like you should and the filter will not plug, just my advise,WR.
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What he said...
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Just like a car. Fill ,start, watch the oil light to go out.
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I was in the same boat as you, mech inclined, done lots of work on cars, was a bit timid when it came to doin the oil change on the quad. Turns out all the nerves were for not it was totally easy.

There is a you tube video on it, no access to you tube from work or else i would post it.

First to remember, like the other guys said, if you dont remove the pickup tube/screen in the back of the reservoir should be no need to prime the system. As for me, I didnt it anway. Just find the tube (should be up in the front right corner of the bike. Squeeze away as it says and when you let off you will hear the rush of air, easy stuff....Good luck!
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asked my polaris tech and he said if i keep a regular schedule according to the hour meter all i have to do is drain the sump and change the filter. add 1 full bottle of oil and 3/4 of the second bottle then check to top it off.He said they dont usually drain the crankcase unless the oil has not been changed for a long time. It is a royal pain in the ass to get the crankcase plug off and on again ...due to where it is on the motor. just passing along what i was told.

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Being that this is the first (break-in, 25 Hrs) oil change I want to make sure I have all of the original oil out, and make sure the screen is clean too. So yea im gonna pull the screen and the crank case plug. Thanks for the info guys
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I am going to be doing my first one this week as well. I took it to the dealer (35 miles one way) and dropped it off so they could check everything out...went back when it was supposed to be done and they did not have an oil filter for it, so it was not done....picked it up and brought it home and have decided to do them all myself. Are you going to use Polaris oil, or Amsoil 0-40w??
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I had no issues with draining the crank case. Is it in a tight spot, yes it is. But I used a opened end 14 mm wrench and broke it lose then reached in with my fingers and took it out. I also pulled the screen out to check it and it was spotless. My bike has 400hrs on it to, it had 360 when I got it. I tried to prime the tube but never hear a sucking sound. I did spin the new oil filter lose and fresh oil can out of it so I assume it got primed or I wouldn't of gotten any oil to the filter?
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I had no issues with draining the crank case. Is it in a tight spot, yes it is. But I used a opened end 14 mm wrench and broke it lose then reached in with my fingers and took it out. I also pulled the screen out to check it and it was spotless. My bike has 400hrs on it to, it had 360 when I got it. I tried to prime the tube but never hear a sucking sound. I did spin the new oil filter lose and fresh oil can out of it so I assume it got primed or I wouldn't of gotten any oil to the filter?
the first oilchange i did drain the crankcase. It was bit of a pain to get the plug back in, i have big hands..lol Did not bother on the 2nd oil change.

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