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2020+ Sportsman XP 1000 S Pre-Ride Inspection

Before you ride your Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S, 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 follow these instructions, warnings and safety precautions could result in serious injury or death. 

During your pre-ride inspection, do the following:

1. Visually inspect the vehicle, looking for debris, 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, and 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 they are set to specification. All tires should be 10 psi (69 kPa). 

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

6. Inspect the brake pads and rotors, looking for corrosion, nicks and burrs.

7. Lift up on the rear seat latch and pull the seat back to remove.

8. Then inspect the engine and PVT intake systems for blockage or debris and clean as needed. Caution: DO NOT spray water directly into the intake system, as this can result in water intrusion to the engine.

9. Reinstall the seat and verify it is properly secured.

10. Next, inspect the fluid levels. Ensure the vehicle is on a level surface before inspecting fluid levels.

  • Inspect the front brake reservoir on the left handlebar for proper fluid level. 
  • Unlatch and open the front storage compartment. Turn the quarter-turn latches inside and remove the storage bin. Then inspect the rear brake reservoir and add fluid as needed. Tip: Use a flashlight to illuminate the brake fluid reservoirs.
  • Also inspect the coolant level in the overflow bottle. Add coolant as needed. Caution: Escaping steam can cause burns. Never remove the pressure cap while the engine is warm or hot. Always allow the engine to cool completely before removing the pressure cap. 
  • Reinstall the storage bin by engaging the two tabs on the front and turning the quarter turn latches. Before closing the storage compartment, ensure the seal is fully seated. 

11. Next, inspect the engine oil level. The dipstick is located on the left side of the vehicle. 

  • Ensure the oil level is checked on a cold engine. A hot engine will appear overfilled.
  • Wipe the area around the oil dipstick with a clean shop towel. 
  • Turn the oil dipstick counterclockwise to remove and wipe with a clean shop towel.
  • Reinstall the oil dipstick until it is fully seated. The dipstick must be screwed in completely to ensure an accurate measurement.
  • Remove the oil dipstick again to inspect the oil level. Caution: Operating with insufficient engine oil will cause accelerated wear. Always maintain the oil level in the safe range.
  • Add oil as needed. Do not overfill. Caution: Using a non-recommended engine oil may cause serious engine damage. Always use the recommended engine oil and never substitute or mix engine oil brands.

12. Turn the key on and inspect fuel level.

13. Then verify proper operation of the headlights, taillight and brake lights.

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

15. Verify proper brake and throttle pedal movement, taking note of any binding or sticking.

16. Set the parking brake and ensure the vehicle does not roll.

17. Start the engine and verify the low oil pressure light is not illuminated. 

18. Stop the engine with the stop and run switch and verify it does not restart.

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

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