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2020-06-05
Storing Your ATV

Prepping your Polaris ATV for storage starts with making any necessary repairs and washing the exterior of the vehicle.

High pressure water systems are not recommended for cleaning. If they are used, exercise extreme caution. The water may damage components and could remove paint and decals. Avoid directing the water stream at the following items:

  • Wheel bearings
  • Radiator
  • Transmission seals
  • Cab and body panels
  • Electrical components
  • Switches and controls
  • Fuel system components
  • Labels and decals

If an informational or graphic label becomes illegible or comes off, contact your Polaris Dealer to purchase a replacement. Replacement safety labels are provided by Polaris at no charge.

Grease all zerk fittings immediately after washing. Allow the engine to run for a while to evaporate any water that may have entered the engine or exhaust system.

When washing your ATV:

  • Avoid the use of harsh cleaners, which can scratch the finish.
  • Do not use a power washer to clean the vehicle.
  • Do not use medium to heavy duty compounds on the finish.
  • Always use clean cloths and pads for cleaning and polishing. Old or reused cloths and pads my contain dirt particles that will scratch the finish.

Polaris recommends the use of common household aerosol furniture polish for polishing the finish on your Polaris vehicle. Follow the instructions on the container. Avoid the use of automotive products, some of which can scratch the finish of your vehicle. Always use clean cloths and pads for cleaning and polishing. Old or reused cloths and pads may contain dirt particles that will scratch the finish.

Stabilize the Fuel
To stabilize the fuel in your ATV:

  • Fill the fuel tank.
  • Add Polaris Carbon Clean Fuel Treatment or Polaris Fuel Stabilizer or equivalent fuel treatments or stabilizers. Follow the instructions on the container for the recommended amount. Carbon Clean removes water from fuel systems, stabilizes fuel and removes carbon deposits from pistons, rings, valves and exhaust systems.
  • Allow the engine to run for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the stabilizer to disperse through the entire fuel delivery system.

Oil and Filter
Change the oil and filter. See the fluid recommendation table in your Owner's Manual for capacities and plug torques. For more on the oil and filter change procedures for specific models, see the following links.

Sportsman 450
Sportsman 570
Sportsman 6x6 570
Sportsman 850 and Sportsman XP 1000
Sportsman Touring 850 and Sportsman Touring XP 1000
Sportsman XP 1000 S
Scrambler 850 and Scrambler XP 1000
Scrambler XP 1000 S
Outlaw 50
Outlaw 110
Sportsman 110
Phoenix 200

Air Filter and Airbox
Replace the air filter. For more on that procedure, see the following model-specific links.

Sportsman 450
Sportsman 570
Sportsman 6x6 570
Sportsman 850 and Sportsman XP 1000
Sportsman Touring 850 and Sportsman Touring XP 1000
Sportsman XP 1000 S
Scrambler 850 and Scrambler XP 1000
Scrambler XP 1000 S
Outlaw 50
Outlaw 110
Sportsman 110
Phoenix 200

Fluid Levels
Inspect the fluid levels. Add or change fluids as recommended in the Periodic Maintenance Chart of your Owner's Manual.

  • Demand drive fluid (front gearcase)
  • Rear gearcase fluid (if equipped)
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid (change every 2 years and anytime the fluid looks dark or contaminated)
  • Coolant (test strength/fill)

Inspect and Lubricate
Inspect all cables and lubricate all areas of the vehicle as recommended in the Periodic Maintenance Chart in your Owner's Manual.

Fog the Engine
Starting the engine during the storage period will disturb the protective film created by fogging and damage could occur. Never start the engine during the storage period.

To fog your engine:

1. Treat the fuel system with Polaris Carbon Clean or other equivalent fuel treatment. Follow the instructions on the container. Start the engine. Allow it to idle for several minutes so the Carbon Clean reaches the injectors. Stop the engine.

2. Remove the spark plugs and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of engine oil. To access the plug holes, use a section of clear 1/4-inch hose and a small plastic squeeze bottle filled with the pre-measured amount of oil. Do this carefully. If you miss the plug holes, oil will drain from the spark plug cavities into the hole at the front of the cylinder head and appear to be an oil leak.

3. Reinstall the spark plugs. Torque to specification.

4. Apply dielectric grease to the inside of each spark plug cap. Do not reinstall the cap onto the plug at this step.

5. Turn the engine over several times. Oil will be forced in and around the piston rings and ring lands, coating the cylinder with a protective film of fresh oil.

6. Reinstall the spark plug caps.

If Polaris fuel system additive is not used, fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors should be completely drained of gasoline.

Battery Maintenance
Whenever your ATV is not used for 3 months or more, remove the battery from the vehicle. Ensure that it’s fully charged and store it out of the sun in a cool, dry place. Check the battery’s voltage each month during storage and recharge it as needed to maintain a full charge.

Make sure to follow the instructions found in your Owner’s Manual for removing the battery.

A battery’s charge can be maintained by using a Polaris Battery Tender charger or by charging monthly to make up for normal self-discharge. The Battery Tender can be left connected during the storage period. It automatically will charge the battery if the voltage drops below a pre-determined point.

Improperly connecting or disconnecting battery cables can result in an explosion and cause serious injury or death. When removing the battery, always disconnect the negative (black) cable first. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the negative (black) cable last. Consult your Owner’s Manual for full details on battery removal, reinstallation and charging.

Storage Area and Covers
Be sure the storage area is well-ventilated. Cover the vehicle with a genuine Polaris cover. Do not use plastic or coated materials. They do not allow enough ventilation to prevent condensation and may promote corrosion and oxidation.

For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. Find a dealer near you through the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.