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    First oil change, mid size ranger

    OK, it's broken in (not broken, thank God). Time to change the oil on the 2011 500 efi. It looks like to me that I have to remove the main skid plate. Has anyone done this without having to do that? Thanks in advance for any info, suggestions etc.

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    don't forget that most of the oil is drained from the dry sump next to the battery. a slight amount from the crankase. follow the manual. doug

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    Doug, thanks for the reply. But that's what I'm doing, just following the manual. In order to get the rest of the oil out of the sump it looks like I have to take the skid plate off. That's what I was asking. Do I, or is there a trick?

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    don't know. have not done it yet. i only have 13 hours on mine. doug

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    I just read the owner's manual and it states that the drain in on the right lower area of the ENGINE crankase. Holds about a cup (8oz)you might be able to reach it to the left of the gas tank. doug

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    Well, yeah. I'd already checked to see where the drain is. That's why I made the post. I don't see any way to get to it without taking the skid plate off. Just thought there might be a way. I don't know why Polaris didn't put a hole in the plate under the drain plug, and an easier way to get to the plug itself. Oh well . . . .

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    I used a socket wrench a long extension and a socket universal to get the right angle. there wasn't much oil in there so I just placed some shop towels under the drain to catch the oil.

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    Thanks a lot. A universal joint socket makes sense. I hadn't thought of that. And if a towel will take care of the oil, then that's the way I'll go. Thanks again.

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    For the small amount of oil that comes out of the crank case I don't think it's worth the trouble to get the drain plug out.I had no more than 2 teaspoons of oil.I will not remove the drain plug next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovenit
    I will not remove the drain plug next time.
    I would remove the drain plug just to see if there are any metal shavings on it, if for no other reason. JMO
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