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Old 04-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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how to tell if you need a valve adjustment?

Hey guys I have been wanting a rancher for a long time and just bought a used 2005 ranger 500 4x4 with almost 600 hours. I have it in at the dealer getting the oil changed and they called and said they recommend a valve adjustment? I am wondering if I really need this done? Is there any way to tell? The ranger starts easy but doesn't idle until warm. Once the engine is warm though it idles, runs and sounds fine?
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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oh yeah one more thing, the previous owner who maintained it regularly said he had the valves adjusted last year
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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Having had Polaris dealers previously recommend and perform unneeded service that did not correct the issue they were to be addressing I would be very suspecious! I will no longer use any dealers for service. There are enough competent independent shops and mechanics.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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If the engine makes a light rattling sound under acceleration it will need the vales adjusted. The best way to test this is just rev the engine in neutral. If it purrs like a kitten their ripping you off. You can probably find a youtube video with an engine running with the valves unadjusted. It's a pretty distinct sound when you know what to listen for.

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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Well its almost a must to check the valve clearance every time you purchase 2nd hand vehicles unless its self adjusting. It would be best if you can get or download a repair manual of the specific model, it comes very handle in future repairs.
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