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Hey from Az.I bought a 2001 Polaris 500 Mag. 4X4 that wouldn't stay running,in fact I haven't ridden it yet.Just pushed it into the garage.This is all new to me,never owned a dirt machine before but have gone out into the desert on friends machines.Its absolutely a fantastic experience to go riding out there.So much to see.As well as on the forums here there is unlimited resources to help me get this bike up and running,thanks to all who contribute and make this possible.

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Welcome to the forum Hank Guy !! :seeyac:

BTW ... what exactly does your bike do ?? Will it idle ?? Does it die when warmed up ?? Does it die when ya give it gas ? Has it been sitting long before you bought it ?? :toetap05c:

I assume from it being a 2001 it has a carburetor ... if so ... it may be gummed up if it had been sitting around long before you bought it.

Might want to take the carb off & clean it up real good with carb cleaner. Check the needle & seat too.

Make sure gas is coming out of the fuel tank valve ... sometimes the screens inside the tank will get crap on it that will plug them up.

Check your spark & maybe change the spark plug too.

And check to make sure the air filter is clean ....

Not sure what else to suggest ... have fun dude !! :cheers2c:


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Welcome to QC Hank. theres lots of helpful people on here. If it was sitting outside a lot you might want to drain the gas tank. You might have gotten some water in it or the tank can get a gummy build up in it. also the carb is probably dirty and needs cleaned.

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Welcome! I agree drain the gas and see if you can clean the carb. If you can get it running run some sea foam or Ethanol Treatment in with the gas.

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