TROUBLESHOOTER

BUMPER CARS?

Dear Sarge,

I have a 2015 RZR 900 that I use on the Hatfield-McCoy trails. I have some SuperATV fender flares to keep the mud at bay. The problem is, in cold weather, I have split the fender flares when bumping against a rock or tree. Would you recommend SuperATV nerf bars or rock sliders? And, will they fit with my installed fender flares?

Jonas Longway

Ethel, West Virginia

Private Long Johns, are you aware that this fine rag produced a buyer’s guide of rock sliders and nerf bars? Most likely not, because you are asking me now. See here: https://utvaction
mag.com/utv-rock-slidersnerf-bars-buyers-guide/. Of course you understand, Boot, that if you were a better driver, you would not be playing bumper cars in the woods! Laugh, Boot! Generally, a so-called rock slider bar or tubing protects the lower edge of the rocker, whereas a nerf bar will protect the side of the body further than a slider will. But, there are crossover units that do both. I would suggest that since you have a SuperATV set of fender flares that you look closely at the offerings from SuperATV. They have the nerf bars here: www.superatv.com/polaris-rzr-900-heavy-duty-nerf-bars and the rock slider here: www.superatv.com/polaris-rzr-900-heavy-duty-tube-rock-sliders. I didn’t see any disclaimer about fitment interference with the fender flares. Neither units will do much to protect the front flare, but the nerf bars will protect a bit higher up the rear flare than the rock sliders will. But, that all depends on where you are damaging the fender flares, front or rear, and high or low on the rear flares from playing bumper cars. A bit of recon on your part, Boot, before you drop some pay on a bar set would be in order. And that is an order, Boot! Contact SuperATV at (855) 743-3427 or [email protected]. I think you could benefit from a MARSOC tactical driving and shooting course. Either that, Boot, or I will have your mommy cone the Hatfield-McCoy for you! Laugh, Boot! On your face and count off 50! I’m not laughing, Boot! Dismissed!

MY GATOR MARKS ITS SPOT!

Dear Sarge,

I presently purchased a leftover 2018 John Deere Gator 590I. While I would like to have got a 835, I bought the 590 because of the narrower track. My trails, and where we sometimes ride, wouldn’t fit an 835. By the time I purchased poly doors, roof, windshield, front bumper and winch, I most likely could have purchased a Honda Pioneer for less! But, anyway, we are a John Deere family, so John Deere it is! Now to the machine’s problem: I have three shocks leaking. I talked to the dealer’s service flunky, and he stated they all do that! Really? Also, the parking brake has needed to be adjusted several times. It seems the cable is stretching. Then the gear shift cable snapped. So, if this Gator was yours, Sarge, would it be painting rocks on the parade grounds or counting off 50?

Larry Jordan

Cazenovia, New York

Boot, I am of the opinion that you should be painting rocks on the parade grounds! There is a recall on the Gator’s leaking shocks, and most people I have talked to are getting higher-quality Fox shocks! If you are stretching and breaking cables, it is generally a misuse problem. The cables should be regularly lubed with DriSlide, which will promote smooth operation. And, if the cable breaks, either the cable end pivot is frozen, working the cable sideways or the cable is being tensioned beyond its design parameters. Here is an owner’s manual for your Zooter, Boot: http://manuals.deere.com/omview/omm175791_19/?tm=ho.  Service manuals can be purchased on eBay any day of the week, Boot! Now, it is your turn to count off 50, and let’s see if you can beat your Zooter! Dismissed!

MY RANGER IS POSSESSED!

Dear Sarge,

My 2014 Ranger 900XP seems to be possessed at times. On normal rides, the machine occasionally turns on the overheat fan, and the temperature gauge goes from the normal temperature to pegged and then to zero. Then the check-engine light comes on. I thought I had a short in either the fan switch or the temperature gauge. But, neither showed any problem. Can you shed some light on where I should do further diagnosis due to the distances involved in getting factory-authorized service?

Bill Peterson

Alice Springs, Australia

Private Peter Pan, you didn’t provide Sarge with the computer diagnostic code of the problem. If you had bothered to help with the code it would have been engine code 0 110 3. That usually indicates the ECT, or Engine Coolant Temp Sensor, voltage is too high and you most likely need to replace the sensor. However, to rule out other components Boot, disconnect the plug to the ECT, start the Zooter and the fan should turn on within a few seconds and the check engine light will illuminate. If this happens, then everything else is working properly. With an open to the sensor, the fan defaults to on as a failsafe to prevent engine overheating. Additionally, you can test the ECT with an OHM meter. You should get about 29.9 kOhms +/- 6% at 77F or, in your case, 25C! I have been assuming, given where you live, that you already have a factory service manual. In case you do not—and why don’t you, Boot?—here it is: https://www.911manual.com/polaris-atv-repair-manuals/. The part needed is a Sensor-Thermister. I don’t have access to the AU part number, but the U.S. part number is 4010644. So, Boot, does your Zooter have “roo bars”? Laugh, Boot! Dismissed! 

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