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    Default Electrical Problem - 2002 polaris 700 sportsman

    I hope someone can help.

    Speedo went out some time back, not sure if related to current problem.
    Run atv a while , stop and no power to ignition. Does not light up dashboard. Wait ten minutes or so and power returns. Have tried disconnecting battery, wait and reconnect to no avail.
    Anybody with a helpful sugestion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanscam Kennels View Post
    I hope someone can help.

    Speedo went out some time back, not sure if related to current problem.
    Run atv a while , stop and no power to ignition. Does not light up dashboard. Wait ten minutes or so and power returns. Have tried disconnecting battery, wait and reconnect to no avail.
    Anybody with a helpful sugestion?
    Sounds like some thing is blowing a circuit breaker. Try disconnecting the speedo and see if the running problem go's away.

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    That sounds Logical. Do you know where the circuit breaker would be on this model?

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    No idea. You may be able to tell by sound if it makes a click noise when coming back on. I can hear the CB snap back on in my 4 trax 10 yards away. But you don't really need to find the CB, you want to find out what is tripping it, and the inop speedo would be the place to start.

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    Sounds like a bad stator, known problem with that vintage of 700's. The ignition has a seperate coil from the charging system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grayling Slayer View Post
    Sounds like a bad stator, known problem with that vintage of 700's. The ignition has a seperate coil from the charging system.
    Then why would he lose his dash lights?

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    I don't know what the problem is, but it must be a very noisy ATV with all the sounds it making. LOL

    "Sounds like some thing is blowing a circuit breaker."

    "That sounds Logical."

    "You may be able to tell by sound if it makes a click noise when coming back on."

    "Sounds like a bad stator,"

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    My 06 500 sportsman had the same symptoms. I could start it drive it a bit, then it would go dead, not start, no power etc. My problem was a plate in the battery broke away and shorted with another plate. New battery fixed it.

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    It will still crank over with a bad stator, just won't fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grayling Slayer View Post
    It will still crank over with a bad stator, just won't fire.
    So far the circuit breaker makes the most sense. Wouldn't be the battery because the winch still works when dash is out. I do appreciate the thought you guys are putting in this.

    I am not sure this machine even has ciruit breakers. Does sound like something overheating and then cooling back to normal.

    I hate to just remove and replace without knowing if the problem will be solved. Parts for a Polarus are expensive!

    Any other sugestions?

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    There is two coils in a stator one is use to run the lights and charge the battery the other coil for the ignition, if it's the same as what's in a snowmobile. If the emergency sw is in the OFF position this would also kill your ignition or you could have a bad connection.

    Go to the dealer and get a schematic of the electrical system and start tracing the circuit. It will also give the resistance for the stator coils and if it has a C.B. You will need a VOM to test the component and wiring.

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    I have the Polaris shop manual for a Sportsman 700 that I sold 2 years ago. Let me know if you want it, I think it if for a 2002 or 2003.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanscam Kennels View Post
    So far the circuit breaker makes the most sense. Wouldn't be the battery because the winch still works when dash is out. I do appreciate the thought you guys are putting in this.

    I am not sure this machine even has ciruit breakers. Does sound like something overheating and then cooling back to normal.

    I hate to just remove and replace without knowing if the problem will be solved. Parts for a Polarus are expensive!

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    Disconnect [not replace] the inop speedo[you may need to disconnect the entire panel-dash-instrument cluster what ever they call it on 4 wheelers] and see if the running problem go's away . That is what would my first step, until you have results from that I cannot give you any more ideas.

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    There is a 20 amp circuit breaker connected to the run/stop switch on the handlebars. The only other circuit breaker is for the fan.
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    Default 2002 sportsman

    Disconnected speedo and dash board and still having the same problem. Ran atv for about 5 min and shut off.

    Would not turn over.

    Waited about 2 min and then started.

    Ran about 5-10 min again and shut off.

    Crancked with no problem, ran it back to the house and parked it.

    You supose it could be as simple as replacing the ignition switch? Hate to do it until sure!

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    Default electrical problem 700 sportsman

    Discovered a couple of more things:

    Dash board does not Light up

    Headlight and tail light will not work

    Fan continues to working

    Winch will still work - Ignition has to be on for winch to work

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    Does turning the run/stop switch off create the same symptoms?
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    You may be on to something. The kill switch does creat the same symtoms.

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    Still looking for help. I'm no good with electrical problems.

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    have you ever got this resolved? My 02 700 is doing that same thing.

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