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Polaris Ranger Maintenance Schedules And Best Practices For Upkeep And Servicing

May 30th 2022

Sticking to the one-month break-in period is one thing, and keeping your oils, fluids, and filters fresh is another. But when it comes to upkeep and maintenance for the Polaris Ranger family of side-by-sides, there are several other parts, components, and systems that must be periodically checked, looked over, and corrected for at various intervals. Fail to do these upkeep procedures and you’ll be kicking the can down the road at best, and leading your rig to an early grave at worst. So what does it take to maintain a Polaris Ranger, what should owners look out for, and after how many hours / miles should owners check their machines? That’s what we’re covering here today!

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris General 1,000 Sport, Deluxe, And Premium

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris General 1,000 Sport, Deluxe, And Premium

PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Needed
Air FilterContingent On ConditionsWeeklyContingent On ConditionsInspect and replace as needed
Brake Pads10Monthly100 (160 km)Inspect every now and then
Battery25Monthly200 (320 km)Check terminals and clean if dirty
Engine Oil & Filter1006 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change the oil and oil filter (perform a break-in oil change at 500 miles)
Drive Belt506 Months500 (800 km)Inspect, adjust, and replace when necessary
Front Gearcase Oil10012 Months

1,000 (1,600 km)

Change Oil (perform a break-in fluid level check after the first month)
Spark Plugs10012 Months

1,000 (1,600 km)

Inspect and replace as needed
Wheel Bearings10012 Months

1,000 (1,600 km)

Inspect and replace as needed
Clutch10012 Months

1,000 (1,600 km)

Inspect and replace as needed
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Fluid10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change Oil (perform a break-in fluid level check after the first month)
Radiator Coolant
5 YearsChange coolant (check reservoir before every ride)

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger XP 1000

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger XP 1000

PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Needed
Air Filter506 Months500 (800)Inspect; replace as needed
Brake Pads10Monthly100 (160 km)Inspect every so often
Battery25Monthly200 (320)Check and clean terminals
Engine Oil & Filter1006 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change oil / oil filter (perform break-in oil change at month 1)
Drive Belt10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect and replace as needed
Front Gearcase Oil10012 Months

1,000 (1,600 km)

Change fluid (break-in check after first month.
Spark Plugs10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect and swap out as needed
Wheel Bearings10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect and replace as needed
Clutch60036 Months6,000 (9,600 km)Inspect and replace worn-down components
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Fluid10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change fluid (check level after first month's break-in period)
Radiator Coolant5 YearsChange coolant (check reservoir before riding)

Maintenance Schedule For Non-XP Polaris Ranger 1000 Editions

Maintenance Schedule For Non-XP Polaris Ranger 1000 Editions

PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Needed
Air Filter506 Months500 (800 km)Inspect & replace when necessary
Brake Pads10Monthly100 (160 km)Inspect Periodically
Battery25Monthly200 (320)Check terminals, clean, apply grease
Engine Oil & Oil Filter10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change oil & filter (break-in change after one month)
Drive Belt20024 Months2,000 (3,200 km)Inspect & replace as needed
Front Gearcase Oil10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change oil (break-in fluid change after first month)
Spark Plugs10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect & replace as needed
Wheel Bearings10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect & replace as needed
Clutch20024 Months2,000 (3,200 km)Inspect & replace as needed
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Fluid25024 months2,000 (3,200 km)Change Transmission Fluid
Radiator Coolant5 Years

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Needed
Air FilterContingent on conditionsWeeklyInspect & replace when dirty
Brake Pads10MonthlyInspect every so often
Battery20MonthlyInspect terminals and clean if needed
Engine Oil & Filter1006 MonthsChange oil / oil filter (perform break-in oil change after month 1)
Drive Belt506 Months500 (800 km)Inspect and replace if frayed or damaged
Front Gearcase Oil1006 MonthsInspect level; change annually
Spark Plugs10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect & replace if burnt out
Wheel Bearings10012 MonthsInspect, grease, and replace if needed
Clutch10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Check, clean, and swap out any worn-out components
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Fluid1006 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect level; change annually
Radiator Coolant5 YearsChange coolant (check before riding)

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger 500

Maintenance Schedule For The Polaris Ranger 500

PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval DateMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)Maintenance Needed
Air FilterContingent on conditionsWeeklyInspect & replace as needed
Brake Pads10Monthly100 (160 km)Inspect occasionally
Battery20MonthlyCheck and clean terminals
Engine Oil & Filter1006 Months1,000 (1,600)Change oil / filter (perform a break-in oil change after 1 month
Drive Belt506 Months500 (800 km)Inspect & exchange as needed
Front Gearcase Oil10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change oil (break-in change at one month)
Spark Plugs10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect & replace if fried
Wheel Bearings10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect, grease & replace if necessary
Clutch10012 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Inspect, clean & replace components if required
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Fluid1006 Months1,000 (1,600 km)Change fluid
Radiator Coolant5 YearsChange coolant (ensure the reservoir is full before riding)

How To Extend The Life Of Your Polaris Ranger Parts And Accessories

Starting with high-quality products from trusted aftermarket part providers is smart, but there are several other things you can do in addition to everyday maintenance to help the parts inside your Polaris Ranger last longer. The wheel bearings, for example, should be greased periodically using a grease gun or other greaser tool, and there are grease points on the drive shaft, the a-arm bushings, and the tie rods that should also be re-greased every now and then. With regards to the battery, ensuring that everything is nice and tight will reduce voltage drop, and to prevent self discharge, washing the terminals with a mixture of one cup water and one tablespoon baking soda will help – and you can also apply dielectric grease / petroleum jelly to the battery terminals and other wire connections to prevent short circuits and water damage.

Where air filters are concerned, the appropriate maintenance, changing, or cleaning schedule will depend on the type of air filter you’re using. Standard paper air filters have smaller pores, and therefore catch more dust as well as restrict airflow more so than foam filters. Reusable foam air filters can be washed and reused, but they do let more particulates through, so they should be avoided by those who ride in dusty environments.

Whether you conduct your own upkeep or take your bike to the local dealership to have things done, it’s your responsibility to stay abreast of the servicing schedule for your Polaris Ranger. It might be annoying at times, but keeping your rig properly maintained will help it last for years or even decades to come!