2002 sportsman 500ho oil leak
hey everyone, have another addition to the boards, i have a 2002 sportsman 500ho, yellow, has around 540 miles on it now (sat around a lot) i recently got a bad oil leak in it, would leave huge puddles on the floor where it sat, after looking at it several times to try to see where the leak was coming from i found a seep hole below the water pump housing, it was seeping from the hole very slowly but was enough to leave puddles if is sat a few weeks, after checking with local parts place i got (3) seal that go to the water pump assembly and got them replaced using a special tool (parts place rented it to me) was fairly easy to replace, i'm not an amateur mechanic, shady tree maybe but most mechanics are common sense, after removing the gaskets i noticed the water pump shaft was rusty (probably from the machine sitting alot) so i turned the motor over while holding fine sand paper on the shaft to remove the rust. got it all back together now and no oil leak! wooohooo! hopefully it will hold up, doesn't seem to be to good of a design to me. hope this helps someone. happy 4-wheelin!