Polaris 500 EFI Touring Offroad Vehicle User Manual

Starting the Engine
1. Position the vehicle on a level surface.
2. Place the transmission in PARK.
3. Lock the parking brake.
NOTE: The starter interlock will prevent the engine from starting if the trans-
mission is in gear and the brake is not engaged.
4. Sit on the vehicle and move the engine stop switch to RUN.
NOTE: Do not press the throttle while starting the engine.
5. Turn the ignition key past the ON position to engage the starter.
Activate the starter for a maximum of five seconds, releasing the
key when the engine starts.
500 EFI ONLY: The starter will automatically stop if engaged for longer than
5 seconds. Move the key to the OFF position and wait 10 seconds before
engaging the starter again.
6. If the engine does not start, return the key to the OFF position and
wait five seconds before attempting to start again. Activate the
starter for another five seconds if necessary. Repeat this procedure
until the engine starts.
Cold Weather Operation
If the ATV is used year-round, check the oil level frequently. A rising oil
level could indicate the accumulation of contaminates such as water or
excess fuel in the bottom of the crankcase. Water in the bottom of the
crankcase can lead to engine damage and must be drained. Water accu-
mulation increases as outside temperature decreases.
See your Polaris dealer for engine heater kits, which provide quicker
warm-ups and easier starting in colder weather.
Engine exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide and can cause loss of
consciousness resulting in severe injury or death. Never run an engine in an
enclosed area.
Operating the vehicle immediately after starting could cause engine damage.
Allow the engine to warm up for several minutes before operating the vehicle.