Using Proper Fuel
Use regular grade unleaded fuel with an octane rating of 87 octane or higher. Fuel blends containing up to 10% ethanol or up to 15% MTBE reformulated fuel are acceptable. Do not use fuel or additives containing methanol as engine damage can occur.
Always use fresh, clean fuel that is purchased in a quantity that can be used within approximately 30 days, or add fuel stabilizer.
Fuel is blended to give best seasonal performance. To avoid engine performance problems such as hard starting or vapor lock, use in-season fuel. Use fuel during warm weather that was purchased during that season, and use fuel during cold weather that was purchased during that season.
Fuel can become stale in machines with engines that are used seasonally or infrequently during a season. Stale fuel can produce varnish and plug carburetor components which can affect engine performance.
Keep fuel storage container tightly covered and in a cool area out of direct sunlight. Fuel can break down and degrade if not sealed properly or exposed to sun and heat.
Condensation may collect in the fuel tank because of a variety of operating or environmental conditions and, over time, may affect your machine’s operation. Fill fuel tank at the end of daily use and store fuel in plastic containers to reduce condensation.
For best year-round performance and fuel-handling, add stabilizer to fuel immediately after fuel purchase. Such practice helps prevent engine performance problems and allows fuel storage in the machine all year without draining.
Filling Fuel Tank
c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable:
• Shut engine off before filling fuel tank.
• Do not smoke while handling fuel.
• Keep fuel away from flames or sparks.
• Fill fuel tank outdoors or in well ventilated area.
• Clean up spilled fuel immediately.
• Use clean approved non-metal container to prevent static electric discharge.
• Use clean approved plastic funnel without screen or filter to prevent static electric discharge.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and water in fuel can cause engine damage:
• Clean dirt and debris from the fuel tank opening.
• Use clean, fresh, stabilized fuel.
• Fill the fuel tank at the end of each day’s operation to keep condensation out of the fuel tank.
• Use a non-metallic funnel with a plastic mesh strainer when filling the fuel tank or container.
Fill fuel tank at the end of each day’s operation to prevent condensation and freezing during cold weather.
1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)
2. Allow engine to cool.
3. Remove any trash from area around fuel tank cap.
4. Remove fuel tank cap slowly to allow any pressure built up in tank to escape.
5. Fill fuel tank only to bottom of filler neck.
6. Install fuel tank cap.
Checking Wheel Bolt Tightness
Check wheel bolts often during the first 100 hours of operation. Tighten every other bolt in sequence until all bolts are at 88 N•m (65 lb-ft).
Cleaning Plastic Surfaces
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Improper care of machine plastic surfaces can damage that surface:
• Do not wipe plastic surfaces when they are dry. Dry wiping will result in minor surface scratches.
• Use a soft, clean cloth (bath towel, diaper, automotive mitt).
• Do not use abrasive materials, such as polishing compounds, on plastic surfaces.
• Do not spray insect repellent near machine.
1. Rinse hood and entire machine with clean water to remove dirt and dust that may scratch the surface.
2. Wash surface with clean water and a mild liquid automotive washing soap.
3. Dry thoroughly to avoid water spots.
4. Wax the surface with a liquid automotive wax. Use products that specifically say “contains no abrasives.”
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not use a power buffer to remove wax.
5. Buff applied wax by hand using a clean, soft cloth.
Cleaning and Repairing Metal Surfaces
Follow automotive practices to care for your vehicle painted metal surfaces. Use a high-quality automotive wax regularly to maintain the factory look of your vehicle’s painted surfaces.
Repairing Minor Scratches (surface scratch):
1. Clean area to be repaired thoroughly.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not use rubbing compound on painted surfaces.
2. Use automotive polishing compound to remove surface scratches.
3. Apply wax to entire surface.
Repairing Deep Scratches (bare metal or primer showing):
1. Clean area to be repaired with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.
2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available from your authorized dealer to fill scratches. Follow directions included on paint stick for use and for drying.
3. Smooth out surface using an automotive polishing compound. Do not use power buffer.
4. Apply wax to surface.
Raising and Lowering Hood
1. Lift rear of hood (A) and tilt to fully upright position.
1. Lower rear of hood.
2. Check to be sure hood tabs (B) catch in frame on both sides of machine.
Removing and Installing Hood
1. Raise hood.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Disconnect headlight harness before removing hood.
2. Disconnect headlight harness (A) on left side of machine.
3. Pull hood forward and roll hood up and out of rail.
1. Position hood (A) upright.
2. Install first set of rollers (B) on hood into rail.
3. Connect headlight harness on left side of machine.
4. Tilt rear of hood toward steering wheel and lift hood up and drop second set of rollers into rail.
5. Allow hood to roll downward on rail.
6. Lower hood.
Removing and Installing Side Panels
1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY Section.)
2. Raise hood.
3. Pull top of side panels out to remove pins (A) from holes in machine frame.
4. Lift side panels off machine.
1. Install tabs (A) in bottom of side panels into grooves on machine frame. Install tab (B) in hole in fan shroud.
2. Push side panel lock pins (C) into holes in machine frame. Be sure tab (D) is secure in hole in fan shroud.
3. Lower hood.