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    Default 1999 RMK 700...light problem - help!

    I have a 1999 Polaris 700 RMK and I'm having a problem with my lights not working. I checked everything I could think of (swith, wiring, light bulbs) and all seem to be O.K. Sometime they work but when they do they will only work for a short time then they go out. Yesterday went out riding and they worked for about 40 mins then they went out all execpt the brake light that still works. Is this a common problem? What could it be? Does the magneto produce the electricity to power the lights and if so do these go bad after time?

    Any inputs would be greatly appreciated in helping me troubleshoot this thing.

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    I think I was having the same issues. My light would go out, but not all the way out, just got very dim. It was the generator on my machine. Had that replaced and hasn't had a problem since.

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    I had the same problem and the generator or regulator thingy was it also...

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    Voltage regulators going bad is very common on Palaris machines.

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    Sounds like the voltage regulator. Should be down on the rewind side. I'm not sure on your sled but most had most of the lights are one circuit so when one dimmed they all did or they all went out. It could be you brake light is on a different circuit.

    Did you reroute the feul line on that years 700. I beleive that has the years they had the recall because the fuel line has routed over the brake and would melt on log downhill brakings and the sled would turn into a snow torch.

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    Default Lights

    every thing they said could be the problem but if it comes an goes I would look for a loose wire or connection or a ground problem, shorted wire, the regular can go bad but it normaly go bad, it don't chang back an forth,
    my 2 cts Sid

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    check the hi/low switch on the brake lever side of the handlebar. you may have to replace the foward half of the assemby.

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    check teh hi/low switch on teh brake lever side of the handlebar. You may need to replace the forward half of that assembly.

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    Default Heating up

    I had this same problem with an old Arctic Cat back in the day. The wiring loom was cracked in one place under the cowling, and when the machine heated up, it caused the wires to lose contact. I replaced the wire loom and had no problem afterward.

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    Sid, I agree that intermitant lights doesn't sound like a bad voltage reg but it likely is. I would think it either works or it doesn't. I've had the same problem twice and both times it was the regulator.

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