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How to Change a Polaris ATV Starter

by Nathaniel Miller

Polaris ATVs are reliable and fun to ride. Most Polaris ATVs come with a push-button start mechanism that engages the starter and solenoid in the ATV to jump-start the motor. Over time the starter may wear or break, requiring replacement. The starter on most Polaris ATVs is fairly difficult to locate. However, by following a few easy steps, any home mechanic can replace the starter on his Polaris ATV.

Step 1

Use the screwdriver to remove the left foot well and the belt/clutch covers.

Step 2

Remove the drive and driven clutches with the socket wrench. The driven clutch is on a spline and slides straight off.

Step 3

Remove the backing of the clutch housing with the socket wrench. There are three bolts at the primary shaft and three more at the transmission shaft to remove.

Step 4

Locate the starter between the motor and the transmission. Remove the two bolts holding the starter motor to the motor with the socket wrench, and gently tap it back. It will slip out of its hole. Remove the positive cable from the starter and it is out.

Place the new starter in its place, reattach the wire and then reassemble the lower part of the engine (reverse of steps 1 to 4) using the socket wrench and screwdriver. Start the ATV and see how it runs.


  • You may need a special tool to remove the drive clutch, which is commonly available at any Polaris dealer.

Items you will need

  • Phillips Head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench

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