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Polaris Sportsman 500 HO Owner's Manual: Engaging Awd; All Wheel Drive System

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All Wheel Drive (AWD) System
The All Wheel Drive system is
controlled by the AWD switch.
When the switch is on 2X4, the
ATV is in two-wheel drive at all
times. When the switch is on
AWD, the ATV is in all wheel
drive and the AWD indicator light
in the instrument cluster will be
When in AWD, the demand drive unit will automatically engage any
time the rear wheels lose traction. When the rear wheels regain traction,
the demand drive unit will automatically disengage.
Tip: The override switch allows activation of AWD in reverse if the AWD switch
is on. See page 24.
There is no limit to the length of time the vehicle may remain in AWD.

Engaging AWD

The AWD switch may be turned on or off while the vehicle is moving.
Initially, the vehicle's electronic system will not enable the AWD until
the engine RPM is below 3100. Once enabled, the AWD remains
enabled until the AWD switch is turned off. If the switch is turned off
while the demand drive unit is moving, it will not disengage until the
rear wheels regain traction.
Engage the AWD switch before getting into conditions where front
wheel drive may be needed. If the rear wheels are spinning, release the
throttle before switching to AWD.



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