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Polaris Sportsman 500 HO Owner's Manual: Troubleshooting; Drive Belt Wear/burn

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Drive Belt Wear/Burn

Possible Cause
Driving onto a pickup or
tall trailer in high range
Starting out going up a
steep incline
Driving at low RPM or
ground speed (3-7 MPH)
Insufficient warm-up at
low ambient tempera-
tures
Slow/easy clutch engage-
ment
Towing/pushing at low
RPM/low ground speed
Utility use/plowing
Stuck in mud or snow
Climbing over large
objects from a stopped
position
Belt slippage from water
or snow ingestion into the
PVT system
Clutch malfunction
Poor engine performance
Slippage from failure to
warm up belt
Wrong or missing belt
Improper break-in

TROUBLESHOOTING

Use low range during loading.
Use low range or turn around using the K-turn (see page
54).
Drive at a higher speed or use low range more frequently.
See page 96.
Warm the engine at least 5 minutes. With the transmission
in neutral, advance the throttle to about 1/8 throttle in
short bursts, 5 to 7 times. The belt will become more flex-
ible and prevent belt burning.
Use the throttle quickly and effectively.
Use low range only.
Use low range only.
Shift the transmission to low range and carefully use fast,
aggressive throttle application to engage clutch.
WARNING! Excessive throttle may cause loss of control
and vehicle overturn.
Shift the transmission to low range and carefully use fast,
brief, aggressive throttle application to engage clutch.
WARNING! Excessive throttle may cause loss of control
and vehicle overturn.
Dry out the PVT. See page 96. Inspect clutch seals for
damage if repeated leaking occurs.
See your Polaris dealer.
Check for fouled plugs or foreign material in gas tank or
fuel lines. See your dealer.
Always warm up the belt by operating below 30 mph for
one mile (5 miles or more when temperature is below
freezing).
Install the recommended belt.
Always break in a new belt and/or clutch. See page 42.
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