How to Troubleshoot My Polaris Ranger 700 Electrical

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A line of utility vehicles first released by Polaris in 2005, the Ranger has come in many incarnations over the years. The Polaris Ranger 700 was manufactured until 2007, and came in two different models: one with four wheels, the other with six. Electrical troubleshooting tips are the same for both models. Polaris recommends that owners check all starter solenoid connections and troubleshoot the Ranger's battery if experiencing electrical problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Wire-bristle brush
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • 12 volt replacement battery
  • 12 volt battery charger

Main Fuse

  • Use the electric starter and listen. If there is no engine turnover, this indicates that the electrical system is experiencing problems. Proceed with electrical system troubleshooting.

  • Locate the starter solenoid. It is adjacent to the starter motor underneath the Ranger 700's hood.

  • Inspect the solenoid cables connecting the starter solenoid to both the starter and the battery. If any cable has loosened, tighten it fully using a wrench.

  • Try the electric starter again. If the starter motor still won't work, move on to the battery check.

Battery

  • Find the battery, also located underneath the Ranger 700's engine hood.

  • Remove the battery vent tube, for conventional batteries. Then disconnect the black battery cable followed by the red one. Lift the battery from its case without tipping it.

  • Check the battery terminals for corrosion or excess buildup. Scrape away small amounts of corrosion with a wire-bristle brush and clean buildup from the terminals with a baking soda and water solution.

  • Replace the battery if it is heavily corroded or damaged. The Ranger 700 takes a 12 volt battery.

  • Charge the battery fully using a separately powered battery charger.

  • Reinstall the battery by returning it to the battery case beneath the hood. Connect the red cable, then the black cable. Then connect the battery tube vent for conventional batteries.

  • Try the Ranger 700's starter once more. If the engine still fails to turn over, take the Ranger 700 to the shop for further electrical system inspection.

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