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    Transmission oil change - much ado about nothing!

    I just completed the first transmission oil change on my 2010 800 XP and found it relatively easy and routine.

    The position of the filler screw is awkward and so it requires the removal of the wheel. An ordinary 8 mm Allen wrench is all that is required:

    1. Jack up the rear of the Ranger and support it with blocks.
    2. Remove the rear tire to allow access to the filler screw.
    3. Using an ordinary 8mm Allen wrench with a 90 degree turn, place the wrench into the screw. Note that you must approach the screw from the rear with your left arm weaved in between the top and bottom A arms. Remove the screw with your fingers once slack.
    4. Remove the drain screw and drain the oil. Replace when ready.
    5. Using a flexible tube attached to an appropriate sized funnel pour in 1 litre of the recommended oil. Pour slowly because the gear is right in front of the fill hole and won't allow a fast flow. A transparent tube on the funnel helps.
    6. Replace the screw using the technique described above.

    Hope this helpful to those doing this job forth first time.

    Ebel

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    Nice write-up Eric. Thanks!


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    Re: Transmission oil change - much ado about nothing!

    Quote Originally Posted by ebel
    I just completed the first transmission oil change on my 2010 800 XP and found it relatively easy and routine.

    The position of the filler screw is awkward and so it requires the removal of the wheel. An ordinary 8 mm Allen wrench is all that is required:

    1. Jack up the rear of the Ranger and support it with blocks.
    2. Remove the rear tire to allow access to the filler screw.
    3. Using an ordinary 8mm Allen wrench with a 90 degree turn, place the wrench into the screw. Note that you must approach the screw from the rear with your left arm weaved in between the top and bottom A arms. Remove the screw with your fingers once slack.
    4. Remove the drain screw and drain the oil. Replace when ready.
    5. Using a flexible tube attached to an appropriate sized funnel pour in 1 litre of the recommended oil. Pour slowly because the gear is right in front of the fill hole and won't allow a fast flow. A transparent tube on the funnel helps.
    6. Replace the screw using the technique described above.

    Hope this helpful to those doing this job forth first time.

    Ebel
    You must have had one that the plug wasn't over tightened. I can guarantee you would never have gotten mine out with only an allen wrench.
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    Yep, hammer and sharp punch to loosen mine at 25 hrs.
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    Yep Got to mine with regular allen wrench too could not budge it .. had to use a box end as a"Cheater''. I lost part of knuckle when it broke lose . The drain plug felt like the ''O" ring was barely seated
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    My Allen key was about 15 cm long and it slotted into the plug just right to get a good leverage. The main trick was to weave your arm between the A arms while sitting with both legs under the machine. I can see how using a long 8 mm open end around the Allen wrench would give a little more torque. Too bad about the knuckles.

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    Wonder how much trouble it would have been for Polaris to put the drain plug on the bottom of the trans, similar to the oil drain plug?? Sure would have made it a whole lot easier and cleaner. I would like to see the yahoo who designed the trans do an oil change and see how many choice words he would use in the process.

    Nice to hear you made it easy for yourself. Took me two trips to the auto parts store to buy a new hex socket...5/16" finally did the trick...and 20 minutes to clean up the mess when finished. Not looking forward to the next time...............

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    Drive left front and rear tires onto ramps...place foil or other flat plastic or something under tranny...fluid runs out never touching skid plate...dont have to remove skid plate this way.

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    Just changed all of mine today, used a wobble knuckle an a wobble extenison with a 8 mm allen kind of hard to break loose but went fairly smooth. When I replaced the fill plug on the trany it didn't have an o ring did I loose it or does it not have one?

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    Both plugs on mine have o-rings.
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