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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Leaking Oil

Someone please help......I have a 2012 Sportsman 400 and today I noticed a few drops of oil under the front end of my bike. It appears to be coming from where the drive shaft connects to the diff. It doesnt appear to be a bad leak. I only have around 40 hrs on the bike but it sits a lot and of course the warranty just expired a couple of months ago so here I am. I'm going to attempt to fix it myself if its not too big of a job. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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It sounds like your seal is maybe leaking
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Is this a big deal? I only see a few drops on the ground under it and was planning on going ride some trails Sat. Should I sit this one out or can I still make the ride and tend to it after? Also, is this a DIY kinda thing for a first time ATV owner? I'm pretty good with the tools but have never worked on a bike before.
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If its only a few drops you will be fine to ride it. Just make sure you too off the oil before you do. Just make that your shaft coming out of the diff is still nice and tight. And if it is then its the seal. Half hour fix
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How do I check the fluid level for that? Also, where can I go to find a walk through of what to do maybe? Thanks for your help!
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If its the same as my 500 you will have torx plug on the diff it's towards the front on mine. And the fluid level should be level with the bottom of the hole. And if u ever changed a seal before you just gotta take the drive shaft out ( there should be a pin you have to punch out where it slides on the diff) and take the seal out and clean it good and put the new one in
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Any idea what caused this? I haven't ridden it a whole bunch and its only about a year+ old. Seems to be a little early to be having issues to me.
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Well your probably got something wrapped around your driveshaft. Like some weeds or something. Some weeds are pretty sharp and could ve been spinning against the seal
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When I pull the shaft, will all of the oil drain out? If so, what kinda oil do I need to use to refill it?
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Not when u pull the shaft but when you take out the seal some will spill out. You could try jacking the back of the bike up that might help. I always use special oil for the front diff right from polaris
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