Prepping your Polaris GENERAL for storage starts with making any necessary repairs and washing the exterior of the vehicle. Keeping your GENERAL clean not only will improve its appearance, but it also can extend the life of various components.
Note that water in the PVT system could cause the drive belt to become wet and slip in the clutches. When washing your GENERAL, always avoid spraying water directly toward the PVT intake screen. High water pressure may damage components. Polaris recommends washing the vehicle by hand or with a garden hose, using mild soap. Certain products, including insect repellents and chemicals, will damage plastic surfaces. Do not allow these types of products to contact the vehicle.
The best and safest way to clean your GENERAL is with a garden hose and a pail of mild soap and water.
- Use a professional-type washing cloth, cleaning the upper body first and the lower parts last.
- Rinse with clean water frequently.
- Dry surfaces with a chamois to prevent water spots.
Other washing tips:
- Avoid the use of harsh cleaners, which can scratch the finish.
- Do not use a power washer to clean the vehicle.
- Do not use medium to heavy duty compounds on the finish.
- Always use clean cloths and pads for cleaning and polishing. Old or reused cloths and pads may contain dirt particles that will scratch the finish.
- Grease all zerk fittings immediately after washing. Allow the engine to run for a while to evaporate any water that may have entered the engine or exhaust system.
A high pressure water system is not recommended for cleaning. If one is used, exercise extreme caution. The water may damage components and could remove paint and labels. Avoid directing the water stream at the following items:
- Wheel bearings
- Transmission seals
- Cab and body panels
- Labels and decals
- Electrical components and wiring
- Air intake components
If an informational or graphic label becomes illegible or comes off, contact your Polaris Dealer to purchase a replacement. Replacement safety labels are provided by Polaris at no charge.
When polishing your GENERAL, Polaris recommends the use of common household aerosol furniture polish for use on the finish. Follow the instructions on the container. Avoid the use of automotive products, some of which can scratch the finish of your vehicle. Always use clean cloths and pads for cleaning and polishing. Old or reused cloths and pads may contain dirt particles that will scratch the finish.
For more cleaning tips, listen to the Cleaning: It's Not Just About Looking Good episode of the Polaris Podcast.
Stabilize the Fuel
1. Fill the fuel tank.
2. Add Polaris Carbon Clean Fuel Treatment or Polaris Fuel Stabilizer or equivalent fuel treatments or stabilizers. Follow the instructions on the container for the recommended amount. Carbon Clean removes water from fuel systems, stabilizes fuel and removes carbon deposits from pistons, rings, valves and exhaust systems.
3. Allow the engine to run for 15-20 minutes to allow the stabilizer to disperse through the entire fuel delivery system.
Oil and Filter
Change the oil and filter. Always change the oil filter whenever changing oil.
See the following links for complete details on the procedure to change the oil and filter.
The crankcase drain plug is located on the bottom of the crankcase. Access the drain plug through the access hole in the skid plate under the crankcase.
Access the oil fill cap (2), dipstick (1) and filter under the cargo box. Always remove all cargo from the cargo box before lifting the box to access engine components.
Air Filter and Airbox
Replace the air filter and clean the airbox before storing your GENERAL. To change the air filter:
1. Lift the cargo box to access the airbox.
2. Release the airbox cover latches and remove the cover.
3. Remove the air filter.
4. Inspect the airbox for oil or water deposits. Wipe away any deposits with a clean cloth.
5. Install a new filter. Do not attempt to clean the air filter.
Find more details on the air filter replacement procedure in the following links:
Inspect and Lubricate
Inspect all cables and lubricate all areas of the vehicle as recommended in the Periodic Maintenance Chart section of your Owner's Manual.
Whenever your GENERAL is not used for three months or more, remove the battery from the vehicle. Ensure that it’s fully charged and store it out of the sun in a cool, dry place. Check the battery’s voltage each month during storage and recharge it as needed to maintain a full charge.
Make sure to follow the instructions found in your Owner’s Manual for removing the battery.
A battery’s charge can be maintained by using a Polaris Battery Tender charger or by charging monthly to make up for normal self-discharge. The Battery Tender can be left connected during the storage period. It automatically will charge the battery if the voltage drops below a pre-determined point.
Improperly connecting or disconnecting battery cables can result in an explosion and cause serious injury or death. When removing the battery, always disconnect the negative (black) cable first. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the negative (black) cable last. Consult your Owner’s Manual for full details on battery removal, reinstallation and charging.
Fog the Engine
Note that after the engine has been fogged, starting the engine during the storage period will disturb the protective film creating by fogging and damage could occur. Never start the engine during the storage period.
To fog your engine:
1. Treat the fuel system with Polaris Carbon Clean or other equivalent fuel treatment. Follow the instructions on the container. Start the engine. Allow it to idle for several minutes so the Carbon Clean reaches the injectors. Stop the engine.
2. Remove the spark plugs and add 2-3 tablespoons of engine oil. To access the plug holes, use a section of clear 1/4-inch hose and a small plastic squeeze bottle filled with the pre-measured amount of oil. Do this carefully. If you miss the plug holes, oil will drain from the spark plug cavities into the hole at the front of the cylinder head and appear to be an oil leak.
3. Reinstall the spark plugs. Torque to specification.
4. Apply dielectric grease to the inside of each spark plug cap. Do not reinstall the cap onto the plug at this step.
5. Turn the engine over several times. oil will be forced in and around the piston rings and ring lands, coating the cylinder with a protective film of fresh oil.
6. Reinstall the spark plug caps.
If Polaris fuel system additive is not used, fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors should be completely drained of gasoline.
Storage Area and Covers
Be sure the storage area is well-ventilated. Cover the vehicle with a genuine Polaris cover. Do not use plastic or coated materials. They do not allow enough ventilation to prevent condensation and may promote corrosion and oxidation.
Inspect the fluid levels. Add or change fluids as recommended in the Periodic Maintenance Chart section of your Owner's Manual. Make sure to check the following. For instructions, click on the model-specific links.
- Demand drive fluid (front gearcase)
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid (change very two years and anytime the fluid looks dark or contaminated)
- Coolant (test strength/fill)
To get even more advice and tips on storage, listen to the Put Your Toys Away, It's Time to Winterize episode of the Polaris Podcast.
Removal From Storage
1. Check the battery electrolyte level and charge the battery if necessary. Install it in the vehicle. Make sure the battery vent hose is routed properly and that it's not pinched or restricted in any way.
2. Make sure spark plugs are tight.
3. Fill the fuel tank with fuel.
4. Check all of the points listed in the Daily Pre-Ride Inspection section of your Owner's Manual. Tightness of the bolts, nuts and other fasteners should be checked by an authorized Polaris Dealer. For model-specific instructions, see the links below.
5. Lubricate at the intervals outlined in the Periodic Maintenance Chart section of your Owner's Manual.
Note that engine exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide and can cause loss of consciousness or death. Never run an engine in an enclosed area.
For more on removing your vehicle from storage, listen to the Spring's Here; Get Out and Ride episode of the Polaris Podcast.
Additional maintenance tips and procedures can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find a Polaris Dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.
Diagrams and replacement part numbers can be found in the online parts catalog.