How To Start A Polaris ATV Without A Key

Starting A Polaris ATV Without A Key

In some rare scenarios, you might lose the key to your ATV somewhere and try to figure out a way to start your quad without it. Further trouble comes along when you lose your key somewhere on a trail or camping site. Not being able to find the key would mean you won’t be able to ride the ATV.

If you don’t have enough supplies and a tent then you would have to wait until a ride comes along who can give you a lift. Many riders are often incredulous about giving someone a lift in the middle of a barren trail. There are certain ways in which you can get your atv started even without the key. You will learn about it in detail here.

Experts do suggest not applying the tricks unless it’s absolutely necessary as it’s not a healthy way for your ATV to function. If you are stuck in the middle of a desolated terrain you will have no choice but to start your ATV with the help of a bypassing trick.

Ending up with an ATV that doesn’t work in the middle of a wood, rocky trail or the dunes can be quite intimidating and make you severely anxious. But if you know one or two tricks by which the Polaris or any other ATV can be started then you won’t have much to worry about. The ways to get the Polaris back to life are as follows.

 

Solenoid jumping method

By this method, you can start your Polaris without using the key at all. But this method only works in your Polaris is of the model with an electric start option. First, you need to locate the solenoid which you can find near the battery parallel to the harness of wiring. There will be many wires reaching out of the solenoid but the biggest two wires need to be located only.

Between these wires, you need to establish a connection through any metal object. Most commonly a wrench or a metal stick can be used. In this method, you need to be very careful about the metal object.

Make sure you don’t it after one end has been connected. Use a wooden piece or something insulating to shift the position. Also, check if the metal object is touching other essential parts of metal or not, as it can short them out. Also, keep the self circuit you made away from the other electrical components around the engine. All polaris models would not have the same solenoid position so look around the engine for finding it. Do not tamper with the component until you are sure of the component to be the solenoid.

A picture of a brand new ignition switch with a three-wire system.
A picture of a brand new ignition switch with a three-wire system.

 

Ignition switch replacement and screwdriver placement

This method will only work if you keep an extra ignition switch in your ATV accessories box. This method of replacement can also be applied if you lost your key while the all-terrain vehicle still waits in your garage. An ignition switch is very cheap and can be easily installed on your own.

Using the specific ignition switch suitable for your ATV model will work the best. You need to first remove the previous switch by loosening the ignition switch. You can also cut the two main wires reaching to the switch head for pulling out the old ignition switch from the place. You can also make the ATV start even if you just have a screwdriver with you.

You need to force the screwdriver down the ignition point and rotate it like you would have down with a key. What the screwdriver actually does is that the pins present in the lock gets broken which lets the ATV get started. The screwdriver would remain in the ignition spot and will be stuck in there so you need to let it be like that until you get out of trouble and take the all-terrain vehicle to a professional mechanic.

The ignition bypass method and hot wiring

Some ATV ignition switches will have more than two wires connecting into them but most of the Polaris models have only two wires distinctly connected to them. One wire among these is responsible for sending in power to the electrical box. You need to cut these two wires by leaving sufficient proportions for the future placement of a new switch. You need to connect these two large wires to the ignition switch and you should notice a spark.

If after the initial connection the ATV doesn’t start then connect the wires again. Always be sure to connect the wires in the direction which lead to the engine direction. If you connect the side which leads to ignition then there won’t be much of a spark or electrical connection and the ATV wouldn’t start.

Leave the connection between the wires for the time you ride and then after you reach the garage or home be sure to disconnect the wires again otherwise the ATV wouldn’t shut down and the battery of your vehicle would get completely exhausted. When you witness more than two wires in your ignition switch then you should always focus only on the red and black wire.

A Polaris was repaired after the ignition switch was broken.
A Polaris was repaired after the ignition switch was broken.

Always keep black tape with your ATV which would be essential in times like this when you might need to cut two wires and tape them together to get the ATV started for going back home. In some Polaris models, there might be an additional black wire with white stripes. You would gave to also cut this wire off the connection and tape towards the end. This would make your Polaris start if the red and black wire remains connected.

Conclusion

Losing your key to your atv is really a complicated scenario. Even more difficult problems arise when the key gets lost in a difficult trail ride. The key should remain in the vehicle but if you had pulled it out to inspect a portion of the trail on foot or check out a camping site then being reluctant can lead to losing the key in the dark where you might not be able to retrieve it for hours.

This would create a really anxious and overwhelming situation. If you know more than one trick to get your ATV or Polaris started then there is a great probability that you will not have to wait in the middle of a dark trail for a long time. Just keep some very basic tools like a screwdriver, black tape, wrench or a wire cutter and you will be able to start your vehicle without finding the key.

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