The Polaris snowmobile is one of the speediest modes of transportation utilized specifically for heavy snow conditions. It is fast, efficient, and powerful. Most of all, it can carry you over a great distance on snow covered expanses. Like any car or motorcycle, the Polaris needs proper care and maintenance to allow it to function at its optimal level and extend its service life. The most important part to maintain is the clutch. Dirt and residue can accumulate and can decrease the power of your sled. It is practically effortless to clean a Polaris clutch. There are several steps to follow.
- Checking the clutch. A Polaris clutch will last longer and provide better performance if it is cool even after lengthy use. If the clutch is unbearably hot to touch after long turns, then there may be a problem with it. It could be many things heating up your clutch however, most of the time it is due to lack of proper cleaning and maintenance.
- Opening the clutch. To get to the clutch and open it, you will need to remove the belt first. After you remove the belt, pry open the clutch. You will need two long and flat screwdrivers for leverage. Once the clutch is adequately open, place an object to prevent the clutch from closing. Most people will use a deep well socket for this.
- Clean the rollers and bushing. Now that you have the rollers free and have exposed the bushing, spray some LPS-1 lube into the bushing. This will help clean the bushing. Make sure you are rotating the rollers at the same time you spray. It is important to use only LPS-1 lube as other lubricants can cause dust build up in the clutch.
- Lubricate the bushing. Once you have sprayed LPS-1, it is time to completely lube the bushing. Use a magnet to hold the weights in place and expose the bolt. Now use an Allen wrench to spin the bolt. Spin it around a few times to ensure that the bushing is adequately lubricated. Use a can of compressed air and a paper towel to remove any other residue left from the lube.
- Clean the clutch sheaves. Most of the time, the clutch sheaves will accumulate a heavy rubber build up. It is important to remove this. Use sandpaper with 180-190 grit. Make sure to rub evenly. You may try to rub alcohol on the sheaves with a cloth if sandpaper is not available. Top the sheaves off with a wash of soap and water.
- Wipe and dry. Use a paper towel to wipe any residue down. Let it sit and completely dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Clean the belt. While you are drying the clutch, you should clean the belt as well. Dip a soft-bristled brush in hot water mixed with soap and brush the belt gently. Let the belt dry for about 30 minutes as well.
The clutch on a Polaris is the most important basic part that you should regularly care for. Proper maintenance and care can significantly impact the performance and durability of your snowmobile.