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Title: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Paul_Aris on March 26, 2014, 04:53:48 PM
Love having my warranty. I have one more year left on it. My sled ran great all year. But there were a couple of times it started hard and pulled over hard.

I brought it in. Mentioned a few issues seeing how it is under warranty. I noticed some minor slop and some of the steering components and a slight leak in chain case. I brought it in Monday on my lunch hour. I told them that I may be going to the U.P. Thursday afternoon so just get done what you can I can bring it back after my trip.

Here is what they did.

Overnighted all of the parts

2 Chaincase seals
1 axle ball bearing
1 gasket chain case cover
1 bearing
1 O-ring
1 bearing ball
2 magnetic plugs


Motor
1 Harness injectors
2 bushings rubber
2 reed valve assemblies
4 engine mounts
1 drive clutch spring

Steering
6 bushings steering post
1 pitman arm asm
1 tie rod boot asm RH
1 tie rod boot asm LH

Looks like the total was $1010.95 and I didn't pay anything. Picked it up this afternoon. Ready to ride it this weekend.

Remember at the end of the season last year they did and entire top end under warranty.

I think it is a good idea to snow check to take advantage of the extra warranties they bundle in. For this reason alone I will be snow checking my next sled. As a matter of fact every new sled I have ever purchased was snow checked.

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: AdrenalineJunkie on March 26, 2014, 05:16:07 PM
why all the parts....WTF have you done to that thing?  That off trail stuff tough on the poo or what?
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Paul_Aris on March 26, 2014, 06:23:01 PM
why all the parts....WTF have you done to that thing?  That off trail stuff tough on the poo or what?

It is a different kind of rough on things. With trail riding the suspension takes more of a beating. With off trail riding it is a number of things but the steering post takes a lot of abuse. You are always pulling the post to the side to set up a carve or to get it unstuck or to climb back on when you bite it on a side hill or bounce off a stump.

Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCh59r-1RyQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCh59r-1RyQ)

Really nothing was really that bad but knowing it is under warranty myself and the dealer are being extra picky. I checked some of the bearings in the wheels and what not and didn't find anything worth replacing. They replaced some. Some of the issues may have been self induced. I wasn't even going to take it in until I was done for the season but noticed my seal on my chain case had a small leak when I had the sled on its side. I think I know what it from.

Injectors, well it is a CFI. I told them it acted like it hydro locked a couple of times after it sat. I had all I could do to turn it over but it started eventually and ran great. Same with the reeds I'm guessing.

Steering boots. Well those must be junk because I did notice a tear in each one earlier this year.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: SNO4ME on March 26, 2014, 06:32:25 PM
At a grand for parts with a shopping list like that I think I would trade it for a doo, a Cat, a rice grinder, anything!  :floor:

A good dealer is a good deal.   :beer2:
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Howie on March 26, 2014, 07:09:06 PM
At a grand for parts with a shopping list like that I think I would trade it for a doo, a Cat, a rice grinder, anything!  :floor:

A good dealer is a good deal.   :beer2:
X2
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Paul_Aris on March 26, 2014, 07:33:05 PM
At a grand for parts with a shopping list like that I think I would trade it for a doo, a Cat, a rice grinder, anything!  :floor:

A good dealer is a good deal.   :beer2:

I'm thinking a Boa Ski next time. I don't give a crap what the parts and labor bill was. Free when you get a 4 year bumper to bumper. Doesn't matter what kind of warranty you get if you dealer doesn't honor it.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Howie on March 26, 2014, 09:36:16 PM
That's why they cost $10-$15K now days. To cover the warranty parts and labor.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: SNO4ME on March 26, 2014, 10:17:57 PM
That's why they cost $10-$15K now days. To cover the warranty parts and labor.

Kinda what I was think'n.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: greekboy on March 27, 2014, 07:39:42 AM
That isn't the case on most dealers. They typically only do the bare minimum. However, every so often you find a decent one that either really looks out for their customers, or are slow and just pad up the claim. Parts are free from Polaris, but the dealer still gets paid to install them. The more parts they order, the more money Polaris pays them.

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Paul_Aris on March 27, 2014, 08:06:34 AM
That isn't the case on most dealers. They typically only do the bare minimum. However, every so often you find a decent one that either really looks out for their customers, or are slow and just pad up the claim. Parts are free from Polaris, but the dealer still gets paid to install them. The more parts they order, the more money Polaris pays them.

I think in this case an aftermarket company ownes the warranty after the 1 year factory warranty from polaris. The dealer gets paid for parts and service from the warranty. The only stipulation is the dealer has to docuement everything and even sometimes provide pictures like they did for my top end before the warranty company gives the green light. Either way I was well taken care of. Heck, the way my sled ran and rode I would have only done a chain case seal.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: 2qik on March 27, 2014, 08:07:24 AM
Any dealer can sell you a snowmobile.  What separates one from another is the service and the quality of work.  The saying goes "You can have it right or you can have it right now..."

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: greekboy on March 27, 2014, 09:04:11 AM
That isn't the case on most dealers. They typically only do the bare minimum. However, every so often you find a decent one that either really looks out for their customers, or are slow and just pad up the claim. Parts are free from Polaris, but the dealer still gets paid to install them. The more parts they order, the more money Polaris pays them.

I think in this case an aftermarket company ownes the warranty after the 1 year factory warranty from polaris. The dealer gets paid for parts and service from the warranty. The only stipulation is the dealer has to docuement everything and even sometimes provide pictures like they did for my top end before the warranty company gives the green light. Either way I was well taken care of. Heck, the way my sled ran and rode I would have only done a chain case seal.

In most cases, Polaris (or any mnfr) will ask for the warranty parts back to inspect them. If they get 1,200 clutch springs back (for example)- I guess they redesign them or find a different supplier to make them. Its all part of the build process. That's why I tend to purchase a machine after 2-3 years of refinements are made to new chassis. 

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Kingpin on March 27, 2014, 03:07:56 PM
Yup, the factory warranty is only 1 year, the extended is handled for poo by an aftermarket company.
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: snopork on March 28, 2014, 06:55:03 PM
Might help that it sez gobig parts all over the sled and randy's gettin known.  Wouldnt look good if he switched brands cuzz they hosed him.  Good for you randy.  You've spoken well of polaris so they awt to return the faith
Title: Re: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Paul_Aris on March 28, 2014, 07:29:20 PM
Might help that it sez gobig parts all over the sled and randy's gettin known.  Wouldnt look good if he switched brands cuzz they hosed him.  Good for you randy.  You've spoken well of polaris so they awt to return the faith

On the way to the UP right now to flog the heck out of that thing.

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Title: Re: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: snopork on March 29, 2014, 08:02:24 AM
Might help that it sez gobig parts all over the sled and randy's gettin known.  Wouldnt look good if he switched brands cuzz they hosed him.  Good for you randy.  You've spoken well of polaris so they awt to return the faith

On the way to the UP right now to flog the heck out of that thing.

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I just got back from my last ride.   Snow was unbelievable north of Woodruff for January or February let alone last week of March. Met up with Brad (flyinV) and his son along with my 2 boys.  Rode Iron county and conditions were great cept where they started scrapin down the loggin roads.  Made a 2nd day run over to Boulder Junction, Sayner (had to show the boys the birthplace of sleddin) down to Arbor Vitae and thru Lac du Flambeau - all very surprisingly well covered and even freshly groomed on most.   Went off trail for a wee bit - got both sleds buried pretty quick.  Thought it might have set up from the warm up a few weeks ago - but not in the woods.  Awesome last ride 
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: Frostbit on March 30, 2014, 02:27:31 PM

I did a 125 mile ride yesterday, most of which was on the frozen ocean since there isn't shnit for snow cover on the ground.

Bet most of you didn't see fresh polar bear tracks and seals up sunning on the ice?

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: snopork on March 30, 2014, 03:51:20 PM

I did a 125 mile ride yesterday, most of which was on the frozen ocean since there isn't shnit for snow cover on the ground.

Bet most of you didn't see fresh polar bear tracks and seals up sunning on the ice?
Sure did - National Geographic channel on Dishnetwork.  They seem to have a fascination with Alaska as of late. 
Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: SNO4ME on March 30, 2014, 08:35:29 PM

I did a 125 mile ride yesterday, most of which was on the frozen ocean since there isn't shnit for snow cover on the ground.

Bet most of you didn't see fresh polar bear tracks and seals up sunning on the ice?

Not lately!
But I have spotted a few timber wolves over the years, a couple beaver, a muskrat and a couple of white mice, lots of regular mice this year along with a few coyotes, lots of grouse and rabbits, a few porcupines, (I'm think'n the same two several times) and lots and lots of squirrels. Tuesday I was racing a bald eagle up a rail road grade. He was sitting up in some tall hard woods and I spooked him into taking off up the grade ahead of me while he was trying to gain altitude.  That's gotta be one of the coolest sightings from a sled.

Title: Re: Love my dealer and warranty
Post by: snopork on March 30, 2014, 09:09:22 PM
We kicked a wolf off the trail on Wednesday just north of Plum Lake and Sayner.