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Old 08-22-2010, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. Hope everyone's summer is going well. I need some help with my 2002 Polaris classic 700. I went out the other day and took the cover off of my sled and to clean it up a bit and noticed oil on the track and the running noard on the right side. I then stuck my head in the undercarriage and looked, and to my suprise, the was oil (engine) leaking down the heat exchangers. I then shampood the area around the oil tank and on the bottom of the oil tank, where something black is plugged into it (I think it may be the sending unit?) seemed to be slick, and if my partial dignosis was right, it seems to be leaking onto where the rad hose goes to the exchanger and the il is leaking by there. I honestly don't beleive the oil is going into the coolant, its just leaking around the hole where the hose meets the exchanger. Any help with fixing this would be greatly appreciated as I want to put it up for sale in the next few weeks.
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Common issue for the plug to leak on the bottom of them.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Common issue for the plug to leak on the bottom of them.[/b]
Thank you for the reply. Whats the fix for it? What would I have to replace?
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1st sled- 1988 Polaris Indy Trail 488 Fan - sold
2nd sled- 1987 Polaris Indy Trail 488 fan - sold
3rd sled- 1991 Polaris Indy 500 Liquid - sold
4th sled- 1993 Polaris Classic 500 Liquid - sold
5th sled- 1999 Polaris XC SP 500 liquid - sold
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for the reply. Whats the fix for it? What would I have to replace?[/b]
So I ordered a new grommet that goes around the plug on the bottom of the oil tank. Dealership told me that the grommter that came with the sled from factory has been superceded by a new one and that the new one should work. Anyone know of anything about this??
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1st sled- 1988 Polaris Indy Trail 488 Fan - sold
2nd sled- 1987 Polaris Indy Trail 488 fan - sold
3rd sled- 1991 Polaris Indy 500 Liquid - sold
4th sled- 1993 Polaris Classic 500 Liquid - sold
5th sled- 1999 Polaris XC SP 500 liquid - sold
6th sled- 2005 Polaris XC SP 600 - sold
7th sled- 2004 SkiDoo GSX 600 H.O SDI - sold
8th sled- 2002 Polaris Classic 700 - sold
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You got the right thing. I'm sure there has been an update to teh grommet to fix the leak issue that is so common. I belive by 03 or 04 they had a handle on it.
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You got the right thing. I'm sure there has been an update to teh grommet to fix the leak issue that is so common. I belive by 03 or 04 they had a handle on it.[/b]
Perfect! if this works I will be happier than a pig in sh*t! lol. Because I have already lost a ton of Polaris VES gold and that stuff is $59.99 a jug up here.
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1st sled- 1988 Polaris Indy Trail 488 Fan - sold
2nd sled- 1987 Polaris Indy Trail 488 fan - sold
3rd sled- 1991 Polaris Indy 500 Liquid - sold
4th sled- 1993 Polaris Classic 500 Liquid - sold
5th sled- 1999 Polaris XC SP 500 liquid - sold
6th sled- 2005 Polaris XC SP 600 - sold
7th sled- 2004 SkiDoo GSX 600 H.O SDI - sold
8th sled- 2002 Polaris Classic 700 - sold
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I think I may have developed the same leak on mine as well.

For a couple of weeks, I've noticed a couple of oil spots under the sled. I though it was from water/oil weeping from the bellypan from when I had cleaned the engine compartment.

This afternoon, I out some newspaper under the sled to see if it was still leaking. Yes it was. I went ahead and took a closer look and saw that it was wet by the grommet and main line coming from the tank.

I went ahead and cleaned everything up with some carb cleaner and I'm going to check it in the morning to see exactly where it's leaking from.
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I think I may have developed the same leak on mine as well.

For a couple of weeks, I've noticed a couple of oil spots under the sled. I though it was from water/oil weeping from the bellypan from when I had cleaned the engine compartment.

This afternoon, I out some newspaper under the sled to see if it was still leaking. Yes it was. I went ahead and took a closer look and saw that it was wet by the grommet and main line coming from the tank.

I went ahead and cleaned everything up with some carb cleaner and I'm going to check it in the morning to see exactly where it's leaking from.[/b]
Very well could be. It was weird because last time i had the cover off there was no leaks and that was at the end of june. Last weds. i take the cover off to find oil leaking out of the chaincase drain bolt hole. so i was thinking ok the chaincase is leaking and thats fine cause i am doing all the beaing in there. Then i smelt the VES gold and i was like, what the hell. then i stuck my head in the undercarriage and found oil leaking down from where the rad hose clips onto the heat exchanger and running down the tunnel and onto the track. then i did what you did. I looked at the bottom of the oil tank where the plug is and noriced that it looked slick not just wet from water. So I shampood the area and lone behold 2 days later it was back. I find it really weird how it just started. It never ever leaked all winter or from the time I put in it storage to the end of june. It pretty much started in the last month/month and half. let me know what you find out.
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1st sled- 1988 Polaris Indy Trail 488 Fan - sold
2nd sled- 1987 Polaris Indy Trail 488 fan - sold
3rd sled- 1991 Polaris Indy 500 Liquid - sold
4th sled- 1993 Polaris Classic 500 Liquid - sold
5th sled- 1999 Polaris XC SP 500 liquid - sold
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I seem to hear more of this in the summer. I wonder if maybe the vents in the caps are getting plugged up and the tanks are getting warm and building pressure causing them to push out some oil? Like a gas can when it gets left in the sun after being capped in the cool garage. Just a thought..
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Checked again today and it's definitely leaking from the tank somewhere as the the area was previously clean. Now it has a nice sheen on it again.

Going to take it apart this weekend.
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