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#2955064 - 09/24/12 09:26 AM Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!?
Yeppers
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I have had my Polaris Sportsman 500HO for less than a month. It currently has just over 6 hrs on it.

I have had it in the mud a couple of times, washed it a couple of times (no power wash, just hose), and I use it to pull equipment for my daughter's band.

Last Saturday, we went to a local competition, and I pulled equipment from buses to the field and from the field to the buses. I have literally had NO problems with this 4 wheeler before this. I have used the winch a few times too. Everything has been fine.

After finishing the pull Saturday night, I parked the ATV. I went back to it about 20 mins later and went to start it. I turned on the "run" switch, put the key in, waited for the dash lights to come on and the screen to show correctly (2.5sec) and turned the key. The engine turned over twice and quit. DASH WENT DARK. FROM THAT POINT, I GOT NOTHING!

I checked the fuses. None blown. I had to pull the front panel to get to the fuse box.

If there is another fuse location or breaker, please let me know. Has anyone else experienced this?
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#2955359 - 09/24/12 12:38 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Yeppers]
Buccaneer
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Registered: 08/29/06
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You don't say what year model but I assume with 6 hours on it it's a 2012. Polaris did have problems with their ECM modules and did a recall - http://www.usrecallnews.com/2008/02/huge-atv-recall-by-polaris-sportsman-and-scrambler.html
Download a free Polaris service manual here - http://gh-ftp.com/ORV%20Manuals/
Have you taken this back to the dealer for a warranty check out?

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#2955570 - 09/24/12 02:57 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Buccaneer]
arctic_cat
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I have no clue but Im going to be a smart a$$ and tell you your problem is that its a Polaris. \:D
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#2955810 - 09/24/12 06:10 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: arctic_cat]
Yeppers
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thanks for the suggestions and info - apparently, it was a loose battery cable, or, the electrical system "reset" itself because the owner of Polaris of Memphis (John - really nice guy) messed with the battery cable and now it works like a charm. John said it must have been loose, but he may have removed the cable and put it back on. I wasn't paying much attention 'cuz I was throwing a stick for his Lab. Ha.

I'm a little embarrassed b/c that's the one thing I DIDN'T check. (me and all the other guys that looked at it figured it couldn't be the battery connection) - HA!

I'm just glad it was simple. I was having nightmares of grounded wiring harnesses or bad CDI and just generally questioning the future reliability of the unit.

It made me feel better that John kept referring to this model as "bulletproof".

Check the simple things first I guess.
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#2955814 - 09/24/12 06:10 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Yeppers]
Yeppers
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LOL and not surprised at "arctic cat" - I mean, it IS your name...
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#2955815 - 09/24/12 06:11 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Yeppers]
Yeppers
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thanks Buccaneer - that's good info...

Hopefully I won't need it in the future...Ha
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#2955834 - 09/24/12 06:32 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Yeppers]
Viper (tp)
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Man don't let them bother you about the Polaris, I have a 03 500 HO sportsman, and its a beast, I wouldn't care to have any thing else!!

They all have problems, good luck with it!! ;\)
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#2955851 - 09/24/12 06:57 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Yeppers]
redblood
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 Originally Posted By: Yeppers
LOL and not surprised at "arctic cat" - I mean, it IS your name...



I agree. Trade it for a honda and drive it till the wheels rust off
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#2956090 - 09/24/12 09:25 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: redblood]
Gravey
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
 Originally Posted By: Yeppers
LOL and not surprised at "arctic cat" - I mean, it IS your name...



I agree. Trade it for a honda and drive it till the wheels rust off

What he said.

Seriously, glad it was just a loose cable. Same thing happened to my wife a few months back while in Atlanta. I didn't even think to tell her to check the battery cable and it was loose.
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#2956195 - 09/24/12 10:51 PM Re: Polaris Sptsman DEAD!?!?!? [Re: Gravey]
arctic_cat
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Glad it was something simple
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