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Dear Ralph: The recoil on my Polaris sometimes doesn’t catch when the engine is warm. You have to carefully pull on it slowly and...

Dear Ralph:
The recoil on my Polaris sometimes doesn’t catch when the engine is warm. You have to carefully pull on it slowly and hope it will catch so you can start the stupid thing. Is there anything we can do, or am I at the mercy of the dealer?
Bob B.
Sioux Falls, SD

We checked with Polaris, and they tell us there was a small number of units where this was reported. Inconsistent engagement of the recoil is due to a lack of drag between the friction plate and friction spring that drives the ratchet pawl.

If you understand what this means, then you could likely handle it, but for most riders this will be beyond their comfort level and mechanical experience. Heck, a Briggs and Stratton recoil on a 5 HP go-cart was bad enough!

Polaris tells their technicians to refer to the appropriate service manual for disassembly instructions, and to wipe all existing grease from the friction plate, friction spring and ratchet, and reapply Polaris Premium Starter Grease to the appropriate areas.

You could remove the exhaust system and the entire recoil unit and take it in as an assembly, then you’re only paying for the internal disassembly and service.

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