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My father in law just gave my son his 95 sportsman 400 and I am trying to fix the few minor problems with it. I put a new battery in it and it still would not start with the start button. It will try but acts like a weak battery but I am sure it is not. It will pull start just fine. Also when I try to put it into reverse it dies unless I engage the overdrive button and keep it depressed. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Sounds like the starter, and as for the back up issue, may be a wiring issue. could also be a wiring issue for both of them. get the repar manual and check the harness with a meter if you can.
 

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As you can see, Polaris just spliced wires everywhere on this machine. Low beams are tied to alot of things, including the fan switch and motor. Sounds like a shorted wire to me which I believe to also have on an '05 I just bought. Different problem but still a strong enough short to kill the engine.
 
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