Dear Sarge,

Recently my 2016 Honda Pioneer has refused to engage differential lock. The right front wheel doesn’t engage, leaving me with only three wheels driving. Have you heard of this Pioneer differential lock problem? This makes it a bit of a pain when dragging logs for firewood! There are no warning lights to indicate a problem. The dash also shows the diff-lock is engaged, but it isn’t. While I haven’t taken it to my dealer (a long trailer ride away), over the phone the service department told me they have never heard of something like that with no warning lights. Sarge, I am hoping that you can provide a solution to my Pioneer differential lock problem?

Peter Conrad

Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho

Private Conrail, I don’t see why you are complaining. You have 75 percent of your wheels driving! Laugh, Boot! I actually have seen this problem with your Zooter if the Zooter was used on very uneven ground where the front end had to articulate severely at times. This articulation, under the right conditions, can cause a front drive shaft to pop out of the front differential just enough to cut power to that wheel. If you find the right front drive shaft is popped out, then pop it back in, and I would drain and refill the front differential just in case contaminants got into the diff’s oil. Drop and count off 25, Boot, for not even looking at your front differential, where the problem was!  See UTV Action’s full test on Honda’s Pioneer 1000 LE with the I-4WD system here:  Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I am having a front-end problem with my 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 900 with a 4-inch Signature lift kit from High Lifter. I recently had to install a High Lifter complete axle on the right side because I broke the CV joint. Now, after just a few hundred miles, I have a noise again in the front end. This time it seems like it is the steering box. Sarge, I have not read about many problems with the Ranger 900 steering box. So, can you give me an idea of what is going on with my front end. Note that this Ranger is used almost all the time for work.

Terry Pelletier

Patten, Maine

Private Pellet, first, I am betting you never read the warning disclaimer on the High Lifter website page here: It clearly states: “NOTE: High Lifter’s steering stops (RANGER-SSK) are a must-have for Ranger Lift Kit owners. The steering stops help reduce the turn radius and can help prevent breaking an axle.” Second, it is not good practice to install unequal strength axles on the front of a Zooter, even one that is used just for work. Work can be just as hard as fun riding, Boot! Third, this unbalanced situation, and not having the High Lifter steering stop kit, has most likely damaged your steering rack, which will require replacement. If you have a helper, turn the steering wheel while you listen closely for the sound or feel of “catching.” I am betting it is that steering rack, and you should replace the rack and the left axle assembly with another High Lifter axle. Boot, for not doing any recon for your Zooter’s upgrade, you are now faced with an Article 92 violation, specifically: dereliction in the performance of duties. Be prepared to be reduced in rank to an E-1 again, Boot, after you count off 50! Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I have a 2018 Polaris Ranger 900 XP with a ripped-off seat. My wife tried to move the seat by moving the plastic pan and not the base. It quite easily ripped off the steel base. The attachment points seem quite flimsy! I see online that there are several ways owners have reattached their seat pans to the bases. What is your recommended way to reattach the pan?

Peter Beum

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Private Bum, sounds like I don’t want to meet your wife in a dark alley! Actually, the seat pans loosen over time, and if grabbed just right, it takes surprisingly little force to clean it off the base. Of all the methods that I have tried, the easiest and most permanent, meaning that it won’t ever come loose again, is to requisition a roll of 3M super-strength molding tape here:
5002385+3293241071&rt=rud. This tape should be available at most any well-stocked motor pool (automotive accessory store). A few strips of the tape and that plastic base will never come off again! You should probably let your wife install the tape! Laugh, Boot! Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

We have a 2019 Can-Am Defender Max HD10 Lone Star. My son took his girlfriend for a ride out back and later on they came back very slowly. I asked what was the matter, and he said the display said “Limp Home Mode.” Online, I learned what that was and how to pull up the fault code, which is P0122. Another online search said this code was, “Throttle Position Sensor Voltage Low.” Can you explain what this means and what to do, since it is a long way to my dealer?

Dennis Aiken

Wessington Springs, South Dakota

Private Bacon, the first thing you need is to requisition a factory service manual, available here: https://brp
.htm. Your black box has sensed a low voltage from your TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). This problem can be caused by a low battery or a bad electrical connection at the TPS on the throttle body. The only other place it could be is on the gas pedal. Make sure the locking clip is secure. An errant boot or stick can pop that clip off. Are you sure there wasn’t a little smooching going on in the back 40? Laugh, Boot! Put your son on foot for a week instead of letting him use your Zooter! Dismissed!  

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