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Old 12-14-2012, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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No lights working

Help please... I left my snowmobile (99 xc sp 700 pull start) outside uncovered since last winter. I Started it up the other day and I am now having an issue where I have no lights whatsoever ( front, tail and dash) and my Handel bar warmers do not work either the only electrical thing that seems to work is the light indicator for the brights on the dash, it will come on when I switch the brights on. It does not appear to have any wires eaten by mice or anything. I'm wondering would the sled still start and run fine as it does, if the stator was bad? And if anyone could tell me how to check for a bad stator or if anyone have good ideas where else to look for the issue. Thanks to everyone for the help.

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Old 12-14-2012, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is nothing wrong with you stator is the indicator light works, it's a wiring problem.
Check and see if any of the bulbs are blown. If the regulator fails all the bulbs can blow at once.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The reg. should also be related to the dash lights to though I think, correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Should be, but because they are smaller, they may be more resistant to blowing if it''s the regulator.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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As I understand your post, all of your lioghts except the high beam indicator aren't working. That would make sense if the regulator went out while you had the low beams on and the high beam indicator was off and didn't get fried. Check your bulb filaments visually and if necessary with an ohm meter.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for help.. I checked my head light bulbs and it seems 2/3 are obviously blown the main headlight bulb looks ok but may have a tiny break that I'm not seeing, have not had much time to check the other bulbs but i ordered
A regulator and will update this weekend. Thanks, again guys
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check continuity of the filament with an ohm meter to make sure. I've had some bulbs that looked great but they still didn't work and the ohm meter confirmed that there was a break in them somewhere.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yea, looks like the regulator took out all the bulbs. I replaced all the bulbs and the new voltage regulator should be here in a couple of days. Am I going to need new handle bar warmers as well? I now know a bad regulator blows out bulbs but does it totally burn out the handle bar warmers as well?

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Not likely, unless you ran them so long that they nearly melted the grips.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Make sure you clean the area for the voltage regulator(with maybe a wire brush or steel wool) before you put it on, so you get the best connection possible.

And I would suggest putting in 1 bulb to test that it fixes the problem. Nothing worse than buying all new bulbs, then they all blow out again just as fast.

I had the same problem with my 500(a couple times), but the dash lights and hand warmers didn't go.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Having a similar issue with a 97 Indy 440 L/C. The center headlight bulb was the first to go. Then, I drove it out of a cold garage without letting it warm up enough and blew the two outside headlight bulbs (high beams). And today, the handwarmers quit working. The taillight, brake light, and instrument gauge lights all work fine however. Tonight I removed the voltage regulator (which appears to be aftermarket since I can't see the infamous glow like I can on my XLT) and the ground connection was fairly clean; very little if any rust or corrosion but I still cleaned everything as long as I had it out.

Are all these symptoms sounding like the voltage regulator is going bad? If I recall, all the components being "regulated" are run parallel so 3 fried yet connected headlight bulbs shouldn't affect everything else correct?

Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks.


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Old 02-03-2013, 08:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Sounds like a voltage regulator to me. Try getting a good used voltage regulator, I've found the aftermarket ones are small and don't last long. They work, but you might only get 1 season out of it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Thanks 99Polaris. I've been surfing Craigslist for Minneapolis/St. Paul and I've found some guys parting out sleds. I think I read somewhere that Polaris used 3 different regulators in 1997, dependant on engine cc size. Do you know if this is true? And would, for example, a regulator off an XCR 600 work on an Indy 440? I would assume it surely doesn't do the job the other way around; a smaller engine's regulator used on a bigger engine.

Anyway thanks again for everyone's help. I'd like to pick something up tomorrow (Wednesday) as we're heading up north Thursday to ride the "2 to 4 inches" we didn't even come close to getting last night.

Who would have thought that a voltage regulator could shut up your girlfriend from whining about handwarmers and headlights!

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Check the wiring over thoroughly. Leaving a sled outside is an open invitation to all mice that, BTW, love to chew on wiring...
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Will the regulator still light up? I done remember if it is supposed to be lit or not.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Okay so I picked up a new voltage regulator at Dennis Kirk on my way up north this afternoon. Installed it and all the contacts were clean. Then I put in the center H4 bulb (Polaris evolved headlight) but didn't put the outside bulbs in for fear of blowing all the bulbs. Center bulb and handwarmers worked great for about an hour, then the bulb blew and the handwarmers started getting really hot.

Do all 3 bulbs need to be plugged in to spread out the voltage? Maybe the center bulb blew because it didn't have its 2 other bulbs taking on some of the power? Dash lights and taillights have been working fine throughout all of this issue.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:56 PM   #17 (permalink)
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No lights working

Did you buy an aftermarket regulator? Put one on my 99 and it fried the grips and blew the lights. You need to get a polaris regulator and it should fix the problem. For some reason the aftermarkets just don't work well.


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Old 02-08-2013, 04:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The one from denniskirk is the same exact one Polaris sells, just costs more(I found out the hard way).
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:26 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Interesting. I'm going to give it another shot tonight, picked up 886s at AutoZone and an H4 at Fleet Farm. Does anyone here have chapter 10 of the 1996-98 Polaris service manual? Of course, the chapter I need I don't have.

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Re: No lights working

Blew the center bulb but not the hi beam bulbs. I pulled those bulbs out in an effort to save them. Yesterday I noticed the right side bulb in the taillight was out; by the time we got home, both taillight bulbs were working! Obviously now I'm convinced I have a wiring short somewhere. Took apart and inspected the hi/lo beam switch and the connections looked immaculate. The ground at the voltage regulator is also very clean.

Anyone have any ideas where to look next without taking the whole sled apart? It's cold at 7:15 a.m. when we have to begin riding because of this!

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