Polaris Ranger Starter Not Engaging- Causes & Solutions

The lion’s share reason for Polaris Ranger starters not engaging is low battery voltage and faulty starter solenoid. Loose wiring, damaged pinion, and faulty internal components are also potential reasons for the starter not engaging. 

For a vehicle owner, it’s frustrating if the starter is not engaging. Usually, the starter does not stop working suddenly, and it gives clues before dying completely. Tapping the starter and jumpstarting is the most straightforward and familiar solution for not engaging the starter.

Read on; we will discuss the reason behind the starter not engaging, including its signs, solution, and troubleshooting.

What Causes Of Starter Not Engaging And How To Fix It?

Polaris Ranger starter not engaging is quite usual for vehicle owners. Most of the reported common cause is due to battery and solenoid. Including these two, we will discuss some other reasons and probable solutions here.




Battery Issue1. The low voltage of the battery is the first thing of a problematic battery. Starter gets energy from the battery, so when it has low energy, it can not support the starter with the power to engage.1. Charge the battery or replace it with a charged one.
2. look for corrosion in the battery terminal. The corroded terminal will have a powder-like substance, white or greenish color. 2. Use baking soda with water or carbonated drinks to clean the corrosion. But in severe cases, completely remove the battery clamps or battery terminal.
Starter pinion issueThe starter gear involves the flywheel to the fire engine, so wear and tear of the pinion gear causes the starter not to engage. Buy new gear.
Starter solenoid issueTurn on the ignition switch, and if you hear a weak click, it indicates the wiring problem of the solenoid.Replace the connection between the starter and the solenoid.
Flywheel issueCheck the flywheel rotating the crankshaft while the ranger is resting. The worn and damaged gear of the flywheel doesn’t engage with the pinion to start the engine.No option left; you must buy a new one and check it to find the manufacturer’s fault before purchasing.
Faulty wiringSometimes, a battery can not supply enough electricity to the starter because of the bad starter cable that connected the battery and starter.Repair all connections to the starter and battery for bad connections.
Oil leaks The spark plug soaks the leaking oil and does not allow it to engage.Use a valve cover gasket to cover your and prevent it from soaking oil. 
Alternator A faulty alternator cannot convert mechanical energy to chemical energy and charge the battery.Replace the alternator.

The table is about the cause and solution of why the Polaris Ranger starters are not engaging. Let’s see some signs to make it more explicit about the bad starter.

Sings of a Bad Starter in Polaris Ranger

Polaris Ranger Starter soaked in oil

The starter works upon turning on the ignition switch and goes bad over time. Before it completely stops working, it shows some signs. There is variation among starter, but all of them shows almost the same signs when they go bad. Red flag signs are-

  1. Clicking noise
  2. The engine won’t start 
  3. It takes more time to start
  4. Intermittent engine failure
  5. Starter soaked in oil
  6. Smoke from the engine compartment

The following video shows some more starter problems

How to Troubleshoot the Polaris ranger Starter not Engaging?

2017 Polaris Ranger Low Voltage Battery Issues

Some 2013 Polaris ranger with 600 hours shown disengaged with a whizzing sound after one spin. The battery was measured and drained. ultimately, the jump start works, and the Polaris Ranger turns over. So if you have already tried this jumpstart, it does not work. Try some other way to troubleshoot your Polaris Ranger.

Check the voltage of the battery

If your starter is not engaging, start checking with the voltage of your battery, and remember battery fails more often than the starter. 

  • Look for loose, dirty wires and damaged cables in the battery terminal
  • Use a multimeter and connect it with the red battery terminal to its negative terminal
  • The same way connects its positive terminal. Take the reading, and it should be 12.2 volts. If the reading is below 12.2 volts, charge it.

Tap the starter

The theory behind tapping the starter is a classic old process. It is done to restore the connection of electrical components precisely the way we tap our remote that stops working. You may restore the function of the starter for a short period.

Check if the solenoid is getting power

If your battery is doing fine, check your solenoid to see if it’s getting good power. 

  • Use a digital multimeter, wearing glass. 
  • Set it to 20 volts. Connect the positive meter terminal with the starter solenoid and the negative meter terminal with the negative battery terminal. 
  • Tell your friend to turn on the ignition, and if you don’t see the battery voltage on your meter, the problem is in your starter circuit.

Check the flywheel

The pinion gear engages with the wheel to start the vehicle. 

  • Inspect the flywheel by removing the starter
  • Rotate the crankshaft using a rachet and observe how the pinion gear reacts
  • Look for any damage in flywheel teeth; upon finding damage, you have to replace it

flywheel  Bench test

If you do not find faults in battery voltage, battery connection, and solenoid power, go for a bench test. Usually, it is found in a local automobile shop. You can use it to confirm the starter is the culprit.


Here are some most frequently asked questions about starters not engaging.

What is the first thing one should check if an engine does not start the crank?

The first thing one should check is the battery, as this is the most common reason if an engine does not crank.

What gives power to the starter?

Turning on the ignition key generates the power to the starter.


Normal wear and tear and poor maintenance cause the starter to go bad. Check your battery first, especially in winter, if your Polar ranger starter is not engaging, considering you tried jumpstarting. 

Newer vehicles are furnished with stop/ start technology, making them prone to starter problems. Fix it soon to avoid damage in other parts.


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