Prepping your Polaris RZR for storage starts with making any necessary repairs and washing the exterior of the vehicle. Keeping your RZR clean not only will improve its appearance, but it also can extend the life of various components.
Note that water in the PVT system could cause the drive belt to become wet and slip in the clutches. When washing your RZR, always avoid spraying water directly toward the PVT intake duct (1).
High water pressure may damage the radiator fins and impair the radiator's effectiveness. High pressure also may damage other vehicle components.
The best and safest way to clean your RZR is with a garden hose and a pail of mild soap and water.
- Use a professional-type washing cloth, cleaning the upper body first and the lower parts last.
- Rinse with clean water frequently.
- Dry surfaces with a chamois to prevent water spots.
- 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.
- 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.
- Certain products, including insect repellents and chemicals, will damage plastic surfaces. Do not allow these types of products to contact 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
- Turbo wastegate actuator and linkage (if equipped)
- Transmission seals
- Cab and body panels
- Electrical components and wiring
- Labels and decals
- Air intake components
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.
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 RZR:
1. Fill the fuel tank.
2. 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.
3. 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. Always change the oil filter whenever changing oil. Consult your Owner's Manual for engine dipstick location. The crankcase drain plug is located at the bottom of the crankcase. Access the drain plug through the access hole under the crankcase.
1. Position the vehicle on a level surface. Place the transmission in PARK.
2. Engage the park brake.
3. Clean the area around the crankcase drain plug.
4. Place a drain pan under the engine crankcase. and remove the drain plug. Allow the oil to drain completely. Use caution. Hot oil can cause burns to skin. Do not allow hot oil to contact skin.
5. Using an oil filter wrench, turn the filter (1) counter-clockwise to remove it.
6. Using a clean dry cloth, clean the filter sealing surface on the crankcase.
7. Lubricate the O-ring on the new filter with a film of fresh engine oil. Check to make sure the O-ring is in good condition.
8. Install the new filter and turn by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface and then turn an additional 3/4 turn. The sealing surfaces on the drain plug and crankcase should be clean and free of burrs, nicks or scratches.
9. Reinstall the drain plug. Torque to 12 ft. lbs (16 Nm).
10. Remove the oil fill cap and add the recommended amount of oil. Reinstall the fill cap.
11. Start the engine and check for leaks.
12. Stop the engine and wait 15 seconds before removing the dipstick.
13. Remove the dipstick. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
14. Reinstall the dipstick completely. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level.
15. Add oil as necessary to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill.
16. Reinstall the dipstick.
17. Reinstall the oil fill cap.
18. Dipsose of unused filter and oil properly.
Air Filter and Airbox
Change the air filter. Always clean all dirt and debris away from the airbox area before servicing the air filter.
1. Remove the cargo box access panel. On RS1 models, remove the rear close-off panel located behind the seat. On Pro XP models, remove both seats and then remove the access panel.
2. Clean all dirt and debris away from the airbox area.
3. Unlatch the cover clips or straps and carefully remove the airbox cover. Inspect the cover seal and replace if necessary. On RZR 570 models, loosen the hose camp and remove the intake hose from the airbox cover before unlatching the cover clips. Do not allow the airbox cover to contact the air filter during removal.
4. Inspect the air filter and airbox for dirt, debris or water.
5. To remove the filter, slide the filter toward the passenger's side of the vehicle. For RS1 models, slide the filter to the left as you are looking toward the rear of the vehicle.
6. With the filter removed, clean the intake tube and airbox thoroughly. Wipe well with a clean, dry cloth. Dirt or debris in the intake tube could result in severe engine damage. Always clean all dirt and debris from the intake tube before installing the new filter.
7. Install the new filter. Make sure there are no gaps. On RZR 570 models, install the air filter with the pleats facing upward. Also on 570s, reinstall the intake hose and tighten the clamp securely.
8. Reinstall the airbox cover and secure the cover clips or straps. Make sure the tabs are properly positioned into the hinge.
9. Reinstall the access panel.
10. Reinstall the seats if necessary.
Inspect the fluid levels. Add or change fluids as recommended in the Periodic Maintenance Chart of your Owner's Manual. Click here to access your Owner's Manual online.
- 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
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. If Polaris fuel system additive is not used, fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors should be completely drained of gasoline.
7. Reinstall the spark plug caps.
Whenever your RZR is not used for three 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. A 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.
Remove the fuse box cover during storage.
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.
Removal From Storage
1. Charge the battery if necessary.
2. Make sure spark plugs are tight. Reinstall the fuse box cover if it was removed for storage.
3. Fill the fuel tank with fuel.
4. Check all the points listed in the Daily Pre-Ride Inspection outlined in your Owner's Manual. Tightness of the bolts, nuts and other fasteners should be checked by an authorized Polaris Dealer.
5. Lubricate at the intervals outlined in the Periodic Maintenance Chart in your Owner's Manual.
Note that engine exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide and can cause loss of consciousness or death. Never run an engine in an enclosed area.
Additional maintenance tips and procedures can be found in your Owner's Manual.