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Old 02-29-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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Ranger 400 oil change

hi all i picked up a new 2011 400 in the fall and love it. i have bout 12 hrs on it and would like to do a service on it. i was wondering on the steps to do the oil change. i searched around and couldnt find anything. if anyone can point me in right direction that would be great.

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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I also purchased a 2012 ranger 400 in nov of last year. I called my dealer about first service. I have 21 hrs and love my machine. He told me that it needs all fluids changed at 50 hrs. I have read on here that it was 25hrs. He also said that they would change all fluids for 125 dollars. Thats not bad for all fluid change.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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No that's not a bad price. That's the cheapest I have found as well.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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Seems like robbery to me, but then again the cost of the fluids is high these days.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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For $125 they're covering parts and labor? That's great, especially for a dealer. Most of them will hit you for $60-$90 for engine oil change alone.

Engine oil changes are easy. Drain the oil, remove the filter and replace it with a new one. Put a thin film of oil on the gasket of the new filter so you can get it off some day, put it on good and tight by hand. Refill the oil and off you go! You can get an oil change kit with proper oil and filter from the dealer. I'd hold off until 50 hours on the transmission and differentials myself. They're easier yet, just drain and refill. Access can be difficult on those, make sure you have a little gear oil pump.
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Is there any special tools I need?

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Old 03-01-2012, 06:21 AM   #7
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No special tools as long as you have some allen wrenches and sockets. Save yourself some headache and drop the skid plate. I did not my first time and it was a real pain! When my next change comes around, I will definetly be doing that.
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Thanks for info guys. Last question, does the oil go into a separate oil reservoir or into the motor like a car?

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Thanks for info guys. Last question, does the oil go into a separate oil reservoir or into the motor like a car?

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Depends on your engine. My 500 has a separate reservoir, but both it and the engine need to be drained separately when you're getting the old stuff out.

Check your owner's manual, it should tell you how to do it.
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$125 is highway robbery. It may take $50 for the fluids and filter. Change it yourself and learn a few things about your ride. Every time I mess with something, I learn.
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