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Need to do an oil change on your Polaris quick smart? Here's a quick tutorial on an engine oil change on a Polaris Ranger XP1000.

Before you watch this video or read this tutorial, I should make it clear, you should always take your side-by-side into a certified mechanic or dealer for full services. But, if you’re doing big hours and live a long way from town, that can be an inconvenience, so here’s a quick tutorial on doing an engine oil change on a Polaris Ranger XP1000 in-between major services.

To do an engine oil change on a Polaris Ranger XP1000 you will only need a few tools. You’ll need a rag, a 6mm Allen Socket, a set of long nose pliers, and a 2.5-inch (64 mm) Oil Filter Wrench for if you can’t get the oil filter off with your hand.

I also like to wear a set of clear glasses to protect my eyes from dirt or oil that might drop down.

Once the vehicle is stationary on a level surface and in Park, start the engine and allow it to warm up at idle for 2 to 3 minutes.

Stop the engine then tilt the cargo bed up to access the oil cap. Clean any debris near the engine oil cap and remove the cap. This helps with air flow. I like to unhook the tub too, to allow it to lift up a little more for better access.

Next, slide under the Ranger and clean the area around the oil drain plug. Place a drain pan under the engine crankcase and using a 6mm Allen socket, remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain completely.

Using your hand or a 2.5-inch (64mm) oil filter wrench, turn the oil filter on the front of the engine counter-clockwise to remove it and using a clean dry cloth, clean the filter sealing surface on the engine crankcase.

Lubricate the O-ring on the new oil filter with a film of fresh engine oil or grease.

Install the new filter and rotate it clockwise by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface, and then turn it an additional 3/4 of a turn.

While you’re waiting for the engine oil to drain fully, pull the air filter out of the airbox. It is located on the left side under the tub. Undo the clips that hold the airbox cover on and slide the filter out.

Give it a bang to dislodge any debris and blow it out with compressed air. Once it is clean, reinstall it and make sure the airbox cover is sealed correctly.

You should replace the sealing washer on the drain plug while you’re doing all this and it should be clean and free of burrs, nicks or scratches.

Reinstall the engine oil drain plug and if you’re being fussy it should be torqued up to 15nm.

Next, fill the engine with 2.4 litres of engine oil then put the engine oil cap back on.

Start the engine and allow it to idle for 1 to 2 minutes. Stop the engine and inspect it for leaks.

Then, Remove the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag. Reinstall the dipstick fully and remove again to check the oil level. Add any oil as needed to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick.

Put the dipstick back, lower the cargo box and you’re all done!

We picked up an Oil Change Kit straight from Shop Polaris for $80.