Oil Change on a Prairie 700 '06
First I want to say that these forums have been extremely useful. It is the reason we bought 2 prairie 700s a couple of weeks ago. I must say riding them is kind of like have a sport ATV / Utility in one. We had 2 Honda 400 Ex's and must say we would never go back after the nice ride, handling of the Prairie.
However, I have found two differnet problems:
1) Prairie 700 #1 (mine) had an oil leak after 1 hour, after viewing all the info in this forum I decided to take it in for service as it was not leaking from the drain plug or the oil filter.
2) Prairie 700 #2 (wife's) After the 10 hour service mark I decide to change the oil and front / rear diff oil based upon the manual.
Everything went well on the oil change until it was time for the front differential. Why in the heck do they use an allen wrench head instead of a bolt? It stripped and now this most goto service as well.
Any tips for the oil filter wrench? I bought one at Pep Boys looks like huge pliers but I think it could damge the oil filter.
Also, is it reaaly important to torque the drain plugs like the manual or just make them reasonably tight?
As you can tell I am new at this but want to do it right.