How to Change the Oil on a Polaris Ranger

Got a little time on your hands? Maybe it's time for some routine maintenance on your Polaris Ranger 900XP. 

You should change the oil on your Polaris Ranger every 100 hours or every 1000 miles to keep your motor running at its best. Here's how to do an oil change on a Polaris Ranger 900 XP. 

Tools and Parts Needed - Polaris Ranger Oil Change


Polaris Ranger 900 XP oil change

Polaris Ranger Oil Change 

Step 1. Start by running your engine for a couple of minutes to warm up the oil so it'll be easier to drain.

Step 2. Lift the bed to access the engine, then remove the oil fill cap on the valve cover. 

Polaris Ranger 900XP oil change

Step 3. Find the opening in the skid plate underneath your Ranger to access the drain bolt. It's in the center, underneath the engine. Place your drain pan under the drain bolt and remove it with a 6mm Allen. 

NOTE: Do not to lose the crush washer on the drain bolt. 

Polaris Ranger 900 oil drain bolt

Step 4. Once the engine has drained, replace the drain plug and its crush washer. Use a torque wrench to tighten the plug to 12 foot-pounds.

Step 5. Remove the heat shield to access the oil filter. It's on the right side of the motor and can be found behind the passenger seat. Remove the two T40 Torx bolts, then slide the heat shield out of the way. 

Polaris Ranger oil filter change

Polaris Ranger 900XP oil filter change

Step 6. With the heat shield removed, place a rag underneath the oil filter to catch any oil that runs out of the filter. This keeps the oil from getting on the engine and smoking when you crank it up again.  

Polaris UTV Ranger 900 oil change

Step 7. Use your oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.  

Polaris 900XP oil change filter

Step 8. Use your finger to spread a little oil around the O-ring at the top of your new oil filter before installing it. Hand tighten the oil filter first, then use your oil filter wrench to tighten it about another ¾ of a turn. 

Polaris XP 900 Ranger oil change

Step 9. Refill the oil through the oil fill opening in the valve cover. The Polaris Ranger 900 XP takes about 2.5 quarts of oil, which is exactly what's in the kit. 

PRO TIP: To set the level, put in 2 quarts, and about half of the half-quart container from the kit. 

Oil change Polaris Ranger 900XP

Step 10. Replace the fill cap and start the unit, letting it run for a minute or two to circulate the oil.

Step 11. Check the level by removing the dipstick, cleaning it, then sliding it all the way back into place and removing it again. 

NOTE: Our level was a little low, so we added that last half of the half quart container. 

Polaris Ranger oil dipstick opening

Polaris Ranger 900 XP oil fill level check

Step 12. Reinstall the heat shield with the two T40 Torx bolts and you're done.  

Polaris Ranger 900 oil change steps

Ready to change out the transmission fluid on your side-by-side while you're at it? Watch the video below to learn how to change the transmission fluid on a Polaris Ranger 900XP


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