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I have a 2009 Ranger 700. It felt like the belt was slipping so I replaced the drive belt. I purchased Polaris part#3211162. This is the belt the dealer sold me. After replacing the belt now the new belt squeaks and it is very difficult to get it in gear if not impossible at times. If you drive it the squeaking goes away until you stop again. Is this a belt issue or clutch. I am thinking the primary clutch may be bad but looking for help from more experienced people.
 

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Not sure about the squeaking but 3211162 is correct. The original belt was 3211118 but was replaced by 3211162. How long has the new belt been on?
 

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It will probably get better with use. Did you wash the new belt in warm soapy water prior to installing? Did you use a scotch brite and scuff up the inside of you clutch shieves?
 

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Some folks scrub a new belt with hot, soapy water to get the mold release agent off - others say it isn't necessary. I do! Might try that then put it back on and drive it hard for a few miles. Also, blow out your clutch real well with compressed air (while the belt is off) and polish up the sheaves with a scotch-brite pad. Maybe all that will help (if you haven't already done all that!).

Edit - Larry's a faster typist than me!
 
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Belt too tight (short)
Belt not aligned well
Bearing going south

Washing belt and scotch brite on the clutch sheaves will either do nothing or make your issue more noticeable, it will not fix the issue...check alignment first...

Check to see if the secondary is spinning at idle in neutral, i'm guessing it will be....if it is, there's your hard shifting problem...check the bearing on the primary, if it spins freely check the alignment, if it is aligned properly then shim the primary and your issue should be resolved...

...here's a quick look at what your secondary shouldn't be doing...

 

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I'm going to agree here with fswan . Washing the belt and cleaning the sheaves has been known to help with a squeeling belt. I'm not saying it always helps, but many times it does help.
 

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I would follow the advice above as suggested, but I would not rule out that Non-Braking bearing in the primary clutch that belt rides on at idle. If it seized up you are going to have a rough time getting it to shift easily with the engine running at idle. Easy to check by pulling the belt cover and see if you can rotate the bearing in question by hand. If you can't it has seized up on you. Generally if you shut the engine off and shift gears that's a pretty good indication the bearing has failed.
 

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Good point Ken!
 

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Generally if you shut the engine off and shift gears that's a pretty good indication the bearing has failed.
Or it could mean:

Belt out of alignment…
Belt too tight or short…
Primary squeezing too hard at idle weak spring replacement or shims needed...

First thing to check is if your secondary is spinning in neutral while the machine is idling...that will tell you which troubleshooting path to go down...
 

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Yes the secondary is spinning in neutral. And I found the bearing seamed to be seized up. I broke it loose but it is difficult to turn. So I am guessing that is my problem. The only thing is that it was replaced 5 months ago by the dealer along with a belt.

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Yes the secondary is spinning in neutral. And I found the bearing seamed to be seized up. I broke it loose but it is difficult to turn. So I am guessing that is my problem. The only thing is that it was replaced 5 months ago by the dealer along with a belt.

Thanks for the help
IT could be the shaft it runs on is damaged some and causing the bearings to go bad prematurely

Todd
 
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