Xtz belt slippage
I am experiencing my first belt problems with my XTZ. The machine has 490 miles on it and I do not abuse anything. It was working normally when I went out with my son a week ago. This machine has been in some deeper water without any problems, at all. While we were hitting puddles, we were remarking about how the marsh had dried up. Water was not the problem. All of a sudden, the belt started to slip. We ended up only getting to ride about 3 miles before I started to “limp” for home. After I negotiated the rougher trails, I was able to get the machine to speed up, thereby opening the clutches. The machine then ran normally again. Once back on the main road, 70 mph was achieved, easily. I took the machine apart, looking for a telltale sign of moisture within the clutch case, which I expected. There was ABSOLUTELY NO sign of water or oil. The belt looked factory fresh and measured in at 35mm. The clutches were clean and fine. I went out yesterday and the EXACT same thing happened, at just about the very same point on the trail. This episode was a carbon copy of the first one, including the machine starting to work perfectly, once heading back to the main road. Again, 75 mph was achieved.
I fully realize that I am going to have to go in and look at the belt housing again. I just thought that I would post this and see if anyone else has had a similar experience along with any words of wisdom. I do not want to buy a new belt, if I do not have to. It is not the expense that I worry about. I would have a hard time discarding the current belt or even relying on it as a backup. Out hunting season is coming up soon and I really want to get my confidence back in my PROWLER. By the way, I was also upset ant the amount of disassembly which has to be done in order to examine the belt. It is clear that a serious belt problem, with a PROWLER, while out on the trail, simply means a “tow job” home. I have a 4000lb. WARN winch aboard. I have mounted my actuator box and the remote control plug under my seat, on the floor firewall. In order to save a bunch of work, in the future, I sawed my floor in half, when I had it out. You cannot tell that this has been done and it will save a lot of work, in the future. I do not see any drawbacks to it and believe that it should be a 2 piece unit, anyway.
Does anyone have any comments about the belt slippage that I am experiencing? It behaves as if it is contaminated by oil or water, as I seem able to overcome it and the machine then returns to pulling VERY hard. There is no reason for contamination; however, and I do not believe that this is happening. I am hoping to get the attention of some of the experts like AIRDAM. You guys seem to really know these machines. THX