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2021+ RZR Trail Pre-Ride Inspection

Before you ride your model year 2021 and newer Polaris RZR Trail, perform the pre-ride inspection as described in your Owner’s Manual. Read, understand and follow all of the instructions, warnings and safety precautions in the Owner's Manual and on all product labels. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or death. Always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves when servicing your vehicle.

During your pre-ride inspection, do the following: 

1. Visually inspect the vehicle, looking for debris, loose fasteners, leaks and worn components that may impair the vehicle’s operation.

2. Pay particular attention to the radiator area for the accumulation of debris, which can cause the engine to overheat. Clean any debris that is found.

3. Check the condition of the tires, looking for any sign of punctures or damage, and inspect the tread depth.

4. Check the tire pressures, and verify that they are to specification. The tire pressure should be 10 psi (69 kPa) for the front tires and 12 psi (83 kPa) for the rear tires.

5. Inspect the front and rear suspension for leaks, debris and damage. 

6. Grease the fittings on the prop shaft and the front and rear sway bar mounts as needed. 

7. Check brake pads and rotors for corrosion, nicks and burrs.

8. Inspect the PVT intake screen on the driver’s side of the vehicle for blockage or debris, and clean as needed.

9. Inspect the engine intake screen on the passenger side of the vehicle for blockage or debris, and clean as needed.

10. Move to the rear of the vehicle to clean the spark arrestor. Allow the vehicle to cool completely before performing any spark arrestor maintenance. 

  • Remove the spark arrestor fastener and nut with an 8mm socket.
  • Carefully pull the spark arrestor out of the exhaust, and clean any debris on the screen.
  • Inspect the screen for wear or damage, and replace if necessary. 
  • Reinstall the spark arrestor into the exhaust, and align the mounting hole.
  • Reinstall the spark arrestor nut and fastener. Torque the fastener to 9 to 11 ft-lbs (12 to 15 Nm). 

11. Place the vehicle on a flat, level surface to inspect the fluid levels. 

12. Inspect the coolant level in the overflow bottle through the front left wheel well. Tip: A flashlight can be used to illuminate the reservoir in dark areas.

  • If coolant is needed, release the two quarter-turn latches on the hood and pivot off the vehicle to add coolant to the overflow bottle. Then realign the hood retention tabs, and secure the two quarter-turn latches.

13. Inspect the brake fluid reservoir underneath the driver's side front fender for proper fluid level, and add fluid as needed. Tip: A flashlight can be used to illuminate the reservoir in dark areas.

14. Remove the bottom of the engine access panel, located between the seats, to check the oil. 

  • Pull the panel out to remove.
  • Ensure the engine is cold. A hot engine will appear overfilled.
  • Clean the area around the dipstick.
  • Remove the oil dipstick, and wipe with a clean shop towel.
  • Reinstall the oil dipstick fully, and remove it again to inspect the oil level. 
  • Ensure the oil level is between the MIN and MAX marks on the dipstick and reinstall the oil dipstick. Do not overfill.
  • Align the top retention tabs on the access panel and firmly press the bottom of the panel into place.

15. Verify proper operation of the door latches.

16. Check the condition and function of the seat belts. Inspect the full length of the seat harnesses for cuts, wear, fraying, dirt, debris or stiffness. Test the buckle and latch for proper operation. Note: Always wear a seat belt when riding. The vehicle will limit speed if the driver’s seat belt buckle is not latched.

17. Turn the key ON and inspect the fuel level, ensuring there is enough for your trip.

18. Verify proper operation of the headlights, taillights and brake lights.

19. Check the steering system for smooth operation from full left to full right.

20. Verify proper brake and accelerator pedal movement, taking note of any binding or sticking.

21. Start the engine and verify there are no warning lights illuminated.

22. Always practice safe riding by wearing the required safety gear listed in your Owner’s Manual.

For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
More 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.

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