How to Change the Oil & Filter on a Polaris RZR

Changing the oil and filter on Polaris Ranger RZR is one of the most important things in you can do for maintenance to keep it running smoothly.

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During the break-in period on a new Polaris RZR, the oil and filter both need changing after one month or 25 hours, whichever comes first. After the break-in period, they need to be changed every six months or 100 hours, again whichever comes first.

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The manufacturer-recommended oil to use in any Polaris 4-cycle engine is Polaris Premium 4 All Season Synthetic engine oil. This oil is made specifically for these engines. The part number for this oil is 2871281. You can purchase a kit from the dealership that includes both oil and filter.

This is the only oil recommended by the manufacturer. However, you can use any 0W-40 API certified SH oil. However, using any oil other than the recommended one may require more frequent oil changes.

Follow these steps when changing the oil: • Park securely on level ground with the transmission in PARK. • Start engine and allow it to idle for a couple of minutes. Then turn the engine off. • Clean the area around the drain plug, which is located on the bottom side of the crankcase. • Place a drain pan underneath this area and remove the drain plug. • Allow all the oil to drain out. • Put the sealing washer back on the drain plug and put it back on. Do NOT over-tighten the drain plug. Torque only to 16 foot-pounds. • Remove the filter using a cap-style oil filter wrench by turning the filter counterclockwise. • Clean the filter sealing surface with a clean, dry cloth. • Use a small amount of engine oil to lubricate the o-ring on the new filter. • Hand turn the new filter into place until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface, then turn one-half turn more. • Remove both seats and then the rear service panel to access the dipstick. • Remove the dipstick and add two quarts of oil to sump. • Replace dipstick. • Start the engine and allow it to run for a couple of minutes. • Remove the dipstick and check the oil level as usual. • Add oil if necessary to bring it to the proper level.


  • Oil may be hot, so use caution when draining out the old oil.


  • Dispose of used oil and filter properly.


  • Polaris Ranger RZR Owners Manual

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