Polaris ATV-UTV Drive Parts Q&A
With so many drive parts on Polaris ATVs and side-by-sides, it's hard to tell a CV joint from a U-joint, which is also known as a steering joint and a tie-rod end. Thankfully our resident powersports pro knows more than a little something about repairing and replacing Polaris drive parts.
John Talley goes live every Friday at 3pm Eastern on our YouTube channel, and in this edition, John answers questions from our viewers about Polaris ATV and UTV drive parts, specifically CV joints and universal joints.
Polaris ATV CV Joint
What is a good sign of a CV joint on a Polaris Sportsman going bad?
John Talley: A good sign? Well it’ll actually be a bad sign, but what typically signifies one is going bad is that you’re going to hear a clicking, especially when you’re turning it, if it’s upfront. When it gets that extra bind when you’re actually trying to make a turn, that’s typically when you’ll hear it make a “click click click” sound. Another thing, just look at the boots, because what typically takes them out is the boot gets ripped; you can’t really see it until you start pulling back that accordion. But what happens is that it gets ripped, then water and mud get in there and they start to wear out the bearings and the surface areas much quicker than they should, and then you’re going to end up having to rebuild it or replace it.
Watch the video above to see how to replace the CV boots on a Polaris ATV.
Watch the video below to see how to rebuild CV axles.
Polaris UTV Universal Joints
What can I do to get the pin out of the U-joint on a Polaris Ranger? It’s stuck.
John Talley: I know what you’re talking about. All these U-joints are basically made the same way, and if you’ve been watching us transmit from this particular studio, there has been a Yamaha YXZ1000R behind us. … Getting those U-joints pulled apart was not a lot of fun, and they actually make a tool, I think K&L makes it, where it mounts on either side of the yoke itself and it pushes the pin through. Now you might be able to get it knocked out with a hammer, but if you’re dealing with it on the machine, you’re not going to have a lot of room to strike it with, so you may want to look into one of those tools. … Once again, it’s just going to take raw pressure to push that through.
Watch the video below to see how to replace the ball joints on a Polaris UTV.
Watch the video below to see how to replace the steering joints on a side-by-side.
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