Polaris Scrambler 500 ATV Oil Change
A Polaris ATV oil change service is a quick basic maintenance job that can be done with a few basic tools, a replacement oil filter and a couple of quarts of oil.
Watch the video above and follow the steps below to do a quick oil change on a Polaris Scrambler 500.
Tools and Supplies – Polaris Scrambler ATV Oil Change
- ¾ inch ratchet
- 12mm wrench
- Torque wrench
- 64mm oil filter wrench
How to Change the Oil in a Polaris Scrambler 500
Step 1. Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick so the tank can vent, which helps the oil drain easier.
Step 2. Put a drain pan under the engine, then use a ¾ inch ratchet to remove the drain bolt from the crankcase and let the oil drain out.
Step 3. Inspect the drain bolt’s crush washer while the oil is draining and replace it if it’s worn.
Step 4. Reinstall the drain bolt and crush washer and torque them to 21 foot-pounds.
NOTE: When draining the crankcase oil along with the tank oil, replace the oil as soon as possible to prevent any oil pump priming issues.
Step 5. Use a 12mm wrench to remove the drain bolt and crush washer on the oil tank and let the oil drain out. Inspect the drain bolt’s crush washer while the oil is draining and replace it if it’s worn.
Step 6. Reinstall the drain bolt and crush washer and torque it to 18 foot-pounds.
Step 7. Use a 64mm oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.
NOTE: The Polaris Scrambler unit we worked on has a body kit, so oil filter pliers were used instead of a wrench.
Step 8. Apply a thin coat of oil to the gasket on the new oil filter, then install the filter and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.
Step 9. Fill the oil tank with 2 quarts of Polaris PS-4 synthetic oil.
Step 10. Reinstall the oil fill cap/dipstick, then start the engine and let it idle for 3-5 minutes to circulate the oil. Next, shut the engine off and let it sit for another 3-5 minutes to get an accurate oil reading.
Step 11. Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick, then reinsert it and thread it all the way back in. Next, remove the oil fill cap/dipstick once more and check the oil level to see if it’s in the middle to upper portion of the dipstick. Top off the oil if necessary and you’re done.
Want a more in-depth look on doing an oil change service for a Polaris ATV? Watch the video below to see how to change the oil in a 2011 Polaris Sportsman 850.