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Old 02-03-2011, 05:24 PM
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Question What kind of oil to use?

I just bought my first atv. A 2005 Polaris sportsman 500 H.O.. It has the same problem that I have read about with the gas in the oil. Suggestions have been to change the oil. This atv did not have a owners manual and I have been unable to download one from polaris. I have also read many threads about oil but I am still unsure about my machine. What type/kind of oil should I buy? Thanks for the help!!

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Old 02-03-2011, 05:38 PM
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a 0w-40 full synthetic motor oil. and below is a link to your owners manual in PDF.

http://www.polarisindustries.com/en-...9919412r04.pdf
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:22 PM
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The oil change kit that you can buy from Polairs (oil and filter) is not a bad price (here in Canada not sure about the US). It will cost at least as much if you buy the filter and oil from anywhere else, if you can even find 0W40, including Wal Mart. The only other brand I found in 0W40 was amsoil which was $26 for just the oil and polaris sells the oil and filter for $25.

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You can always check Lordco or Napa.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:51 PM
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You can always check Lordco or Napa.
Is that where you get your oil/filter? If so what brand and how much?
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:15 PM
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Thanks for the info. I am going to a polaris dealer tomorrow to buy a plow kit and I will get the oil there. Thanks again!!
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:30 AM
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The oil change kit that you can buy from Polairs (oil and filter) is not a bad price (here in Canada not sure about the US). It will cost at least as much if you buy the filter and oil from anywhere else, if you can even find 0W40, including Wal Mart. The only other brand I found in 0W40 was amsoil which was $26 for just the oil and polaris sells the oil and filter for $25.

I just checked and AFF 0W-40 has a sug list of $11.45 in Canada. If you are paying more than that they are marking it up.

You could buy for a lot less with a Preferred Customer Membership and whats more AMSOIL has a distribution center in the Edmonton area so you could pickup it up.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:07 PM
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Not to add too much mud to the water, but Polaris has changed it's recommendations at least on some models. I have two 400HO's, one an '08 and the other an '09. Per the owners manuals, the '08 has a recommendation of 0W-40, while the '09 says 2W-50. The same Polaris oil change kit is recommended for both and there's seems to be some discussion or disagreement by some as to what the actual rating of the Polaris oil is. I know several owners who use Shell Rotella Synthetic 5W-40 year round and the Mobil 1 15W-50 in summer. - MarkC
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:27 AM
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Everyone has to make the "OIL" decision on there own and you cant go wrong buying dealer oil but not to ruffle any feathers here but I think that needing to run 0w-40 or 2w-50 because the engine will get ruined if you don't is hog wash. The extremes in temperatures these vehicles run in world wide means that the tolerances cant be that tight. I run Rotella 5w-40 synthetic diesel oil in everything I own. From my lawn mower to my motorcycles, 4 wheelers, wifes van and my diesel pick up. $18 at Wal Mart for a gallon and if you haven't got a Wal Mart then it is available at any truck stop in the country. I always have at least a couple of gallons on hand. To each his own but I dont subscribe to the notion that it has to be exactly the oil in the owners manual especially when they come up with some garbage like 2w-50. Where else can that be purchased? Come on.
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