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Old 03-10-2004, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I know that I read it in this forum somewhere about metal shavings in the oil but anyway here's another one. I have been getting metal shavings in my oil for the last 3 or 4 oil changes. They are about a 1/4 inch or smaller in lenght and maybe a 1/16 of an inch or so in width .I've voiced my concerns to my dealer when they first appeared and I've also taken the bike in to him to have it serviced , and I told him what I thought that the problem could be. Transmission getting ready to loose a gear,but now I'm really concearned because of the flywheel thing and its really making me not want to ride my bike at all. My dealer doesn't seem to concerned about this,and he tells me to ride it. He's always treated me fair and he really is a good guy. He says to bring some of the pieces in to him and he will forward them to the engineers at Polaris, but in the meantime I'm real parinoid about it. What should I do ride it and hope that nothing breaks or try and find out what's going on. My bike is out of warrantee so the cost will come out of my pocket. It runs fine just the shavings on my magnets when I change the oil.I just hope that it's nothing too serious because I really can't afford to loose my bike for an extended period of time and no it's not the clutch residue it's metal. I not sure where it's comming from but it's metal. I short change my oil so I should have a picture in a few weeks or so. I only ride on the weekends for a few hours so after I burn 3-4 tanks of gas I'll change it again
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Old 03-11-2004, 09:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might try pulling the flywheel cover off to make sure it is not the bolts rubbing on the case. This is not that hard of a job to do. Try to rule out the easy fixes first before going into the tranny.
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Call Polaris customer service and have it noted on your quad. Just give them the serial number and what you were told by your dealer.This way, they have a record if it is a flywheel issue. I have doen this for my wheaping water pump holes. Just in case it was one of those cracked heads.
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I'm not that mechanically inclined to fool around with the motor so I opt to have someone else look at it if that's the case. My point is that's what the dealer is for if there is a problem then I should be able to go to them for a solution. So I just want to cover my *ss with this situation in case something catastrophic does happen,by the way what is the number to polaris customer service. I will call them and inform them of this situation just in case.
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Old 03-12-2004, 01:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some shavings in the oil IS normal. As far as the amount.....I don't know what is acceptable.

Like most others, I found shavings in my oil my 1st and 2nd oil changes. Quite a bit less the second time. The shavings were SO fine they were a goop on the drain plug.

Keep a watchful eyes in it. It it suppose to get better. so, if you have not noticed that definitely get it looked at closely.
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Cut open your filter and see if there are any shavings in there. I noticed shavings on my first oil change and I got paranoid. I cut open my filter and there were some in there also. I'll check again after my next oil change.
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Old 03-12-2004, 03:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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why do you need to cut open your filter to see the shavings? the predator oil filter has nothing covering it.
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This is not the the first oil change or the second or third for that matter.I've had this bike since March of last year. I only ride it on the weekends and I don't really dog on it. This problem started about three or so months ago when I noticed tha the bike was hard to shift and I would get a lot of false neutrals. I checked the oil and found the shavings and every subsequent oil change after that there has been metal shavings in my oil. I've started short changing my oil to help keep the contamination to a minimum. I told the dealer about this the first time I noticed this and he told me to keep an eye on it. That was that was three months ago and maybe 4-5 oil changes with metal in them.
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if you already have quite a few oil changes done and your still getting shavings, I'd be worried. it's very possible something isn't right in the trans. I would keep notifing you dealer of your findings so hopefully when it finally lets go they will take care of you.
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Old 03-18-2004, 09:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I had the same problems and changed the oil more regularly. NO speed shifting and you MUST adjust the clutch cable, taking most of the play out of it. That will keep the tranny in better shape and eliminate the gear slippage and the metal shavings if in fact the shavings are coming from the tranny.
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