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Old 02-22-2010, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone had this issue and is it an easy fix. I am new at snow machines and have had a great time in only 2 outings on my sled. I had to replace my bulb after the first day at Granby. Now it only turned on for about 5 min and went out. Dash lights also go out but my brake light works.

It does have high beams also but this last time it would not work. Any help on this issue would be great. I hate to take it to a dealer if it is an easy fix...Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have a 12 volt test lamp? They only cost a couple of bucks. It's pretty much a light bulb and two leads, one red and one black. You can start to check your wiring yourself using one and make sure you are getting power to your headlight and dash lights. Also you can use a 12 volt source (carefully) such as a car battery or battery charger and two leads to check your bulb to see if it is really bad or not.
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Check all the connections! Most electrical problems are due to poor connections.

I'd especially check your grounds if your burning out bulbs.
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Thanks guys, I will start trying to narrow it down. I have a volt meter that should do the trick.
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make sure that there isnt a crack in the lens, i am pretty sure that uses a halogen bulb and if any water gets in there and touches that bulb when it is hot it will burn it out...
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make sure that there isnt a crack in the lens, i am pretty sure that uses a halogen bulb and if any water gets in there and touches that bulb when it is hot it will burn it out...
in that same vein... oil from your fingerprints on a halogen bulb will cause it to burn out as well. alway handle them with gloves or a tissue.
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I have that same sled and I doubt that you have a halogen bulb, but just standard old filiment style light bulb. If it is burning them out , you have a overvoltage condition, if you keep putting them in they will keep burning out, need to check your voltage from the charging system, should be running like 13.5 volts max, I beleive there is a voltage regulator, little square black thing, on those polaris that control the voltage. get a meter and check it out...lights out
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Bobco is right on the money with this one. Sounds like your Voltage Regulator to me.
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I have that same sled and I doubt that you have a halogen bulb, but just standard old filiment style light bulb. If it is burning them out , you have a overvoltage condition, if you keep putting them in they will keep burning out, need to check your voltage from the charging system, should be running like 13.5 volts max, I beleive there is a voltage regulator, little square black thing, on those polaris that control the voltage. get a meter and check it out...lights out
The guy at the motorcycle place in Aurora also stated this. Where can I find a new voltage regulator?
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Did you check yours with the voltmeter? Vickery Motorsports (Polaris dealer) may have your voltage regulator or they can probably order it for you. You could probably also find it online.
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