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Newbie here-

I purchased my 2013 Polaris Brutus HD/PTO last year from an estate. 98 hrs and 100.5 miles since new and came with a snowblower. It mostly sat during its life. I pulled it into my shop last winter, obtained a factory service manual and began to change all fluids and filters. In addition, I cleaned out the fuel tank, as there was algae in the bottom and I had a stalling issue after changing the fuel filter and transfer pump.

Question: according to the manual, the rear gearbox takes 41 oz of Polaris gearbox fluid. I drained out about 32 oz and was only able to put in 32 oz before fluid came out through the fill hole. My shop floor is level concrete so that isn't an issue. Should I be concerned?

Also changing the front gearbox fluid. Had to lower the pto assembly to get at the drain plug. Plug is really in there, so I sprayed PB blaster locally and am going to let it set overnight. I don't want to strip it out. Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Hi Bill, I was searching for help on draining potentially bad diesel from my Brutus and came across your post. Firstly, welcome. I’ll be curious to hear how you like your Brutus. I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to drain the tank. I have contaminated diesel and additives and a new filter don’t seem to be working.

l’ve had my Brutus for going on 8 years - I got a demo unit the year they came out. It has always been somewhat of a POS, but it’s never gotten worse so we keep on working together. It’s a shame they discontinued production instead of improving on it. It really has great potential on a farm.
 

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Now that I've got the tank cleaned out, the Brutus is working well. No speed demon, but I use it mostly for work on the farm (running parts out to tractors in the field, etc.). To clean the tank, I carefully removed the fuel intake/level sensor using a special wrench from Polaris (cheaper on ebay). You can aso use a screwdriver and rubber mallet. I siphoned the fuel out and swabbed the bottom of the tank, Also made a design change...the stock fuel pickup screen is tiny. I spliced one in that's larger (Bobcat part) and is not as likely to plug up,

If you can, get the service manual. It's worth its weight in gold. Lots of information and if you're handy and have a good farm shop, you can fix things yourself.

Anyway, the Brutus is not designed for fourwheelin'. As far as a farm utility vehicle, it's fine. I'm glad mine has the Yanmar engine. The Kohler diesel on later models is supposedly a POS. I got the snowblower attachment as well as I live in New England.
 
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