THE TROUBLESHOOTER

— So, what’s your problem? —

By Sarge McCoy

MY GENERAL IS GIVING ME “TRENCH FOOT”!

Dear Sarge,

It seems like every time it rains hard, I get a wet foot inside my Polaris General. I have tried sealing the windshield with silicone sealant, but it still leaks. My dealer’s techs are stumped, and I have been told to “just live with it”! Sarge, there must be a fix for this!

Bill Clements

Kennewick, Oregon

“Just live with it”?! I don’t think so, Boot! You and your techs are looking at the wrong thing. Both of you believe the windshield is leaking. Almost always it is not! Remove the plastic rivets holding down the plastic just in front of the windshield. Notice the slotted holes? Water is getting around the small-headed plastic rivets and leaking into the cab. The fix, Boot, is to completely cover those holes. There are two ways you can accomplish this: First is to obtain larger-headed black plastic push rivets. Second is to use 5/16-inch rubber washers with the original factory push rivets. These parts should be available from most any box store, hardware store or auto parts store. Because both you and your techs have failed to even diagnose this problem correctly, there is little chance of a “wetting-down party” for either of you! Dismissed!

RE: SEPTEMBER 2018 TROUBLESHOOTER

Dear Sarge,

I am a lawyer, and I feel it is necessary to remind your readers who believe everything you said in your response to Dennis Johnson’s “Does My Rear Seat Make Me Look Tail-Heavy?” from the September 2018 column that you either didn’t include pertinent safety information deliberately or glossed over it, possibly because you get a kickback from every sale of product you recommend. Even a Marine should know that adding extra passengers can cause weight imbalances in the already-light vehicles, which could increase the risk of rollover. Further, the seats, at least the Great Day Rumble seats, are designed for adults, which means that they may not safely secure children. Unfortunately, many people who are looking for a four-seater vehicle are doing so in hopes of bringing their whole family along for the ride and may not notice these potential design flaws. 

Peter Williams, Esq.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Listen up, Boot! I answered every point of his question. His concern was Zooter instability. By selecting the Great Day Rumble seat configuration, I solved his weight-distribution problem by moving passengers closer to the center of gravity. I also mentioned the main passenger complaint of getting hit in the head by low-hanging branches, and I provided a solution to that problem. Now, to address you main concern (complaint) with me—passenger safety. On the Great Day Rumble seat product information page, in red letters, is the following statement: “Warning: Passengers must be 18 years of age. Rumble seat must be installed to face rear of vehicle. Safety straps must be attached and safety belts must be worn at all times when using the Rumble seats.” There is nothing in that safety statement that is open to interpretation! Even a Marine can understand that passengers must be 18 years of age or older to occupy the Rumble seats. The seats must be installed according to the manufacturer’s directions, and seat belts must be worn by passengers at all times! You, Boot, are trying to protect everybody from themselves. Obviously, Dennis Johnson is an adult and, by the tone of his letter, a responsible adult that is concerned about safety. Therefore, I had a reasonable expectation of him being able to read the manufacturer’s safety warning and be able to understand it and make a determination as to the product’s applicability for his use. And, as to kickbacks, I am not affiliated with any of the companies I recommend. I recommend products based on solving the readers’ questions or problems! My suggestion to you, Boot, Esquire, is to crawl back under your rock! Dismissed!

YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT?

Dear Sarge,

I drive a 2015 Can-Am Outlander X mr 800, and my wife drives a 2015 Outlander X mr 500. While my left leg gets hot while riding, hers is literally melting her nylon riding pants. Sarge, why is her 500 so much hotter than my 800? And, is there any way to limit the heat in the left leg area?

Dennis & Mary Freeman

Albany, Ohio

Boot, you are correct that the 500s tend to dump more heat on the rider than the 800s, and that is due not to the exhaust as you might have suspected, but from the poor placement of the CVT exhaust. The hot CVT exhaust air dumps onto the exhaust pipe, and that extra heat is blown onto your wife’s leg. The first fix is to relocate that CVT exhaust with the Can-Am lower CVT air outlet (P/N 707000870). This piece is maybe all you need, because you didn’t mention anything about deep water. It moves the exhaust from the CVT exhaust up to near the shifter gate. There is an upper section that snorkels the exhaust up through the pod, called the upper CVT air outlet (P/N 707000900). Try the lower section first. If the CVT heat is still bothersome, install the top section. If you still want more cooling, consider a Power Commander V to richen up the midrange, which will cool the exhaust. Since both of you are used to heat, report to the mess at zero-dark 30 till 1900 hours, because experienced recruits like you can show the civvies”in the pot room how scut work is done! Dismissed! 

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