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Water build up in the starter & Reqoil case of my Polaris ATV

I own a 2003 Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O ATV and I recently ran into a deep water pit, not enough to flood & stall the entire engine, but enogh that I noticed in the extreme cold days (below freezing) that my starter will not turn over and my reqoil will not pull start. I would literally have to put the ATV in a warm area and wait for it to unthough, which it would then start. I would like to know where the drain plugs are so I can drain the housing units of these two area's and any others that may need it so I can start it in extreme temps.

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Your drain plugs should be visable, if they exist, on the lowest point of the body of the device. If you can't readily see them, consider drying out the entire unit with a hair dryer and a little patience in drying the entire unit. From then on, I would consider evaluating the depth of water before entering. After all, the unit may not be amphibious, which sounds like your intended use!
Also, the battery may be affected by the extreme cold, as they often are, leaving a different approach to this problem. Good Luck!

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